It was only a matter of time. On what would be the 45th birthday (June 16) of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, the makers of his upcoming biopic All Eyez On Me have released the teaser trailer for the movie. While the trailer is light on details - it's probably safe to assume most of us know the bare bones of the life of the infamous West Coast-based rapper who grew to fame during the genre-defining early '90s hip hop scene.
Beyond popping up at Coachella as a hologram in 2012, Tupac or 2pac, was one of the legendary figures in the famed East Coast versus West Coast rapper wars during the mid '90s. Surviving one shooting attack in 1994 and a prison sentence, Shakur was fatally shot in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas on September 7, 1996. He died in hospital on September 13. His arch nemesis and East Coast rival Notorious B.I.G. was killed in a drive-by six months later and coincidentally, has also been the focus of a 2009 biopic Notorious.
Based on the success of the N.W.A.-focused flick Straight Outta Compton last year and the chart dominance of hip hop and rap in 2016 alone, we can see why there's a sudden appetite for hip-hop based biopics. Frankly, we're surprised this didn't happen sooner.
Details of the plot are scarce but All Eyez On Me stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac and The Walking Dead's Danai Gurira as his mother Afeni Shakur. Based on the trailer (and the career path of Shakur) alone, it doesn't take a genius to figure this will be a rags-to-riches with a tragic ending tale. Watch it below.