Currently filming in Georgia, All Eyez On Me is set cover Tupac’s rise to stardom as a rapper and actor. It will also detail his being incarcerated and his time at Death Row Records. The role of Tupac in All Eyez On Me is played by Demetrius Shipp Jr., according to reports from TMZ and Instagram posts from the film’s set. It was reported that Shipp’s father worked in the music industry and met Tupac when the actor was a child. Producer L.T. Hutton asked Shipp to take the part in the Morgan Creek film because of similarity in appearance to the West Coast Rap legend. Shipp took acting classes four times a week to prepare for the role.
Suge Knight will be portrayed by Dominic L. Santana, according to a tweet from Los Angeles radio station 93.5 KDAY. Santana has had roles in such television series as One Tree Hill and The Game, per his IMDB page. Kat Graham will portray Jada Pinkett Smith, according to Variety. Smith was Tupac’s friend and high school classmate at the Baltimore School for the Arts. Graham is an actress and singer who appears on the television show The Vampire Diaries and released her Roxbury Drive album in September.
The actress who landed the role of Afeni Shakur for the Tupac All Eyez On Me biopic has been announced, according to Deadline. Danai Gurira, who plays Michonne in The Walking Dead, will portray Tupac’s mother.