You Must See This Trailer for an Unauthorized 2Pac Biopic From China
Earlier this year, Kendrick Lamar closed out his blockbuster sophomore album, To Pimp a Butterfly, by recreating an interview with the late 2Pac. And while Kendrick and Pac never shared a working relationship, it made at least a little bit of sense: you have a Compton native taking up the mantle of West coast rap, and attempting to do it in a thoughtful, socially conscious way. (There's even the story about a young Kendrick meeting Pac and Dr. Dre at the "California Love" video shoot.) Well, what if we told you you could also channel the legendary rapper through a woman whose business card you get from a professor when you're listening to "So Many Tears" in class and are assigned to do a paper on an activist?
If that sounds confusing, that's because it is. An actor named Tsalta Baptiste has uploaded the trailer for Until the End of Time, which appears to be a 2Pac biopic slated for a 2016 release in China. Baptiste appears to star as 2Pac, shown in flashback, as that Chinese student is educated on the artist. Then, of course, he's pursued by the Chinese government, all while maybe auditioning for a show similar to The Voice? It's truly bizarre, and needs to be seen to be understood. (The film is in English, with Chinese and English subtitles, though the latter are often misspelled.) An American biopic has long been caught up in development hell.