Today marks what would have been the 45th birthday of the late rapper Tupac Shakur. Tupac fans across the country paid homage to the “Hail Marry’ rapper in many ways. From dawning his face on clothing to posting pictures of the rapper on social media with the trending hashtag #HBDTupac, the day wasn’t going by without celebrating Tupac.
Tupac Biopic “All Eyez On Me,” Trailer
As a tribute to the late rapper, producers of the Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez On Me,” released the official trailer today for fans across the nation to see. The trailer shows a vivid picture of how detailed and emotionally intense the movie will be. First time movie director and veteran music video director Benny Boom told Billboard, “We’re starting from before he was born.” Boom told Billboard, “[Tupac’s] parents were Black Panthers. You see the struggles of his youth, his relationship with his mother, father figures that were in and out of his life, and what he developed into as a man from that. It humanizes him.”
The biopic has been in the production stage for more than a year and Benny Boom was the third person to take on the role of director. Just like Benny Boom, the lead actor filling the role of Tupac Shakur is a first timer to the big screen. Actor Demetrius Shipp Jr., has never starred in a movie prior to landing his role as Tupac. The 27-year-old actor told XXL Magazine that his only other acting experience was in a sixth grade play. Shipp said he had a regular job at Target where his co-workers and friends would compare his appearance to Tupac. You have to admit the resemblance is crazy.
Today, fans along with Tupac’s hometown of Oakland California found another way to pay homage to late rapper on his birthday. The city stamped today, June 16, as Tupac Shakur day. Director Benny Boom said, “It’s not just a biopic about a musician: It’s about a revolutionary. It’s the story of a martyr, someone who died for his cause.” The film is set to hit theaters on November 11, 2016