Danai Gurira cast as Afeni Shakur in Tupac biopic

DanaiAfeniAs if playing the iconic Michonne on The Walking Dead wasn’t enough, Danai Gurira has been cast as Afeni Shakur in the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez On Me. Afeni Shakur, iconic in her own right, is the mother of Tupac Shakur as well as a former Black Panther and former drug addict.

The film, which is being directed by Benny Boom, will follow Pac’s rise from a young kid to hip-hop stardom then to his stint in prison and ultimately his death. The film is already in production in Atlanta with Demetrius Shipp Jr. playing the title role.

Afeni Shakur and Morgan Creek are producing the film and is on a fast track for release with the hopes of capitalizing on the recent interest surrounding hip-hop stories thanks to the success of Straight Outta Compton and Empire. We suspect that the film will be aiming for a fall or winter 2016 release.

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