Tupac Shakur biopic with a tumultuous history, has finally found its star.
Demetrius Shipp, Jr. will make his debut feature film appearance in the movie, Variety reports. In fact, this will be the actor's first major appearance anywhere — his IMDB page lists just one previous credit.
From the photos posted to his newly minted (but as yet unverified) Twitter account, though, it's easy to see why Shipp was director Benny Boom's choice: He bears an awfully close resemblance to the "California Love" rapper.Shipp isn't the only lookalike being tapped for All Eyez on Me. According to Variety, the film has also cast Jamal Woolard to play Christopher "Notorious B.I.G."
Wallace, the rapper whom Shakur famously feuded; Wallace died of a gunshot wound six months after Shakur's death under similar circumstances.
Woolard already knows a thing or two about bringing the dueling rappers' stories to the big screen. He also played Wallace in the 2009 biopic Notorious
All Eyez on Me, which takes its name from Shakur's fourth studio album, has been in the works for years. Its progress was halted back in 2009, when Shakur's mother and Morgan Creek Productions fought over the late rapper's life rights (Shakur was fatally shot in 1996). The company eventually won the dispute, but would have been forced to turn the rights back to Afeni Shakur if its film wasn't in production by the end of 2015.
Morgan Creek hit another snag when original director John Singleton dropped out of the film in April — writing an angry Insagram missive in the process — and his replacement, Carl Franklin, followed suit in October.
Boom came on board in November — and if the tweets above are any indication, it seems production on the film has finally begun.