By Nicole Webb
After a slew of production issues, copyright run-ins and three new film directors, it seems the highly anticipated Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez on Me, is finally underway.
Some of the movie’s cast and crew members released behind-the-scenes photos via social media mid-day Friday. The film’s producer, former A&R of Ruthless Records and Program Pictures owner, L.T. Hutton, posted a photo collage of what seemed to be the film’s official marker, crew members and his producer’s chair.
Hutton has partnered with Morgan Creek Films to produce the biopic, with award-winning music-video director Benny Boom (Ciara, Nas, 50 Cent) as the film’s director. Boom’s direction of the biopic comes after previous directors Carl Franklin and John Singleton resigned during pre-production.
After his departure as the biopic’s director, Singleton expressed his disappointment with the film’s direction. According to BET, the Boyz n the Hood creator said, “The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur.”
The slain West Coast rapper and actor is set to be portrayed by up-and-coming actor Demetrius Shipp Jr., while Jamal “Gravy” Woolard returns with his portrayal of Shakur’s former friend and East Coast rival, The Notorious B.I.G. Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham is reportedly set to play Jada Pinkett Smith, a close friend of Shakur. NAACP Image Award winner Hill Harper has also reportedly joined the cast; his role is yet unknown.
The All Eyez on Me biopic is named in honor of Shakur’s highly successful fourth studio album. The album went on to become one of the highest-selling rap albums of all time. In July 2014, All Eyez on Me went certified 10x platinum. It was Shakur’s last album released before his death on Sept. 13, 1996.
The release date of the biopic has yet to be set.