Tupac Shakur Faces Adversity in New ‘All Eyez on Me’ Trailer
The anticipation for the Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me, continues to grow as the film's premiere date slowly approaches. The latest hype for the film comes via a new trailer, which highlights some of the turmoil that Tupac went through in his life.
The trailer, which follows several previously released clips, shows Tupac (played by Demetrius Shipp Jr.) being arrested, spending time in prison and dealing with the excesses of Death Row Records. It also provides viewers with their first glimpse of Shipp's Tupac interacting with Jamal Woolard's The Notorious B.I.G.
The making of All Eyez on Me went though its fair share of obstacles, but the film seemingly found its way thanks to Benny Boom. The veteran director spoke to XXL last year about why it was so important for this movie to be made.
"I hope it will shed some light on Tupac’s story, the humanity of Tupac and bring clarity to the folklore that has become Tupac," Boom said. "I think that what he represents, his image and all of those things mean very different things to very different people. To the kids in the struggle, he means one thing. To women, he’s like the ultimate sex symbol of hip-hop. To those activists who are [about] Black Lives Matter and those organizations, you can still pull things from Tupac lyrics that are messages of things that are happening today. He just means so much. This is why a film is being made about him. He wasn’t just a rapper."
All Eyez on Me, which is being distributed by Lionsgate, will debut in theaters on June 16.
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