ByKhalil Wright, writer at
"Saturday, March 24th, 1984. Shermer High School. Shermer, Illinois. 60062."
Khalil Wright

In the midst of a summer crammed full of superhero heavyweights, it may be hard for you to believe a basic biopic could potentially outshine them all.

Seriously, has at least two definitive summer hits on their hands, is aiming high with Wonder Woman, and let's not forget about films such as Pirates of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Alien: Covenant, both of which look more than promising.

Nevertheless, the upcoming Tupac biopic, All Eyez On Me, has a stellar chance of being the preeminent film of the summer.

Here's why:

1. It's Full of Tupac's Music

Demetrius Shipp Jr as Tupac. [Credit: Lionsgate]
Demetrius Shipp Jr as Tupac. [Credit: Lionsgate]

It's safe to say no other film in the summer, or even the year, is likely to have a soundtrack as stacked as All Eyez On Me. With a license in hand to use Tupac's music, this is a movie fated to be saturated with music that has become just as iconic as the man himself.

Even if you aren't as familiar with the melodies, or if you don't particularly enjoy Tupac's more popular tunes, there's a great chance you'll find yourself bobbing your head at some point during the film.

2. Tupac's Life Is Full of Incredible Movie Material

[Credit: Lionsgate]
[Credit: Lionsgate]

From his Black Panther background and troubled upbringing, to his rise to fame and tragic death, Tupac lived life a bit too fast for a man in his early twenties. Which is a big reason a movie on his life was always destined to happen.

Seven things you didn't know about Tupac:

  • He attended the Baltimore School for the Arts for acting.
  • He began his career as a roadie for the hip-hop group Digital Underground.
  • He was first signed to Interscope Records because the co-founders daughter, Danielle Fields, liked Tupac's demo tape.
  • He was a highly praised actor.
  • He's the first musician to have a number one album while serving time in prison.
  • He was shot multiple times after reaching for his gun during an attempted robbery.
  • He was certain he wouldn't live a long life.

3. It May Have The Strongest Performances

Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur. [Credit: Lionsgate]
Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur. [Credit: Lionsgate]

When basing a movie on a real person actors have a difficult task: making sure audiences are convinced they're peeking in on that person's life, not just watching a reenactment of it. This job becomes even tougher when you're making a film on an international icon like Tupac.

Nonetheless, private screenings have been held already, and attendees say the cast nailed their roles. Particularly Danai Gurira and Demetrius Shipp Jr. (Afeni Shakur, and Tupac Shakur), which makes sense.

Danai is mostly known as Michonne on , so it's easy to understand how she may have brought that intensity to her role in . And Demetrius Shipp had been in talks to play Tupac a few years before production had even begun. Allowing him time to study Tupac's many mannerisms and attitudes, which can be seen in the trailer.

4. It Could Clear Up Old Controversies

[Credit: Lionsgate]
[Credit: Lionsgate]

Tupac may be a legend in the music industry now, but not everyone was a fan back in the 1990's. Controversy was constant in Shakur's life for many reasons. In return, the late rapper was widely misunderstood even as he was embroiled in some genuine problems. Cases such as an alleged sexual assault, or the shooting of two police officers have become infamous in the world of hip-hop, but many still don't know the truth's of the matter, which is something his biopic will cover.

5. It Will Evoke Strong Emotions

[Credit: Lionsgate]
[Credit: Lionsgate]

Just like Tupac's music, his biopic will draw strong emotion from its audiences. Again, individuals who've seen private screenings of the film already claim it's a sentimental roller coaster, with an ending that will leave you feeling the effects of Tupac's tragic life and death on the world.

The icon that has become is no less confusing than the man. Some label him a cautionary tale, others as a martyr. In the distant wake of his death, we still ask what did his life say? - Hub Pages

Go watch 'All Eyez On Me' on June 16th, and find out!


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[(Sources: HubPages, The Baltimore Sun, Youtube 1 & 2)]


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