Who Is Playing These Hip-Hop Greats In The Upcoming Biopic All Eyez On Me?

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In less than a month, we will have another celebrity biopic to pick apart and scrutinize. This one is sure to stir up some strong love/hate opinions because its subject is such a huge part of hip-hop culture. Named after his fourth studio album — the last project he would release while he was still alive — All Eyez On Me is the upcoming drama about the life of Tupac Shakur. The iconic but complicated rapper and actor is considered by many to be one of the greatest MCs to ever bless the mic. On September 7, 1996, at the height of his career, Tupac was shot multiple times in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. He died a week later from complications related to his injuries. His murder has never been solved.
Over twenty years after his death, legendary music video director Benny Boom is directing the movie that so many fans of hip-hop have been dying to see. It hits theaters on June 16, what would have been Pac’s 46th birthday. I’m already feeling emotional about it.
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There is no way to gauge how good the film will be. Following the success of films like Straight Outta Compton, there is a chance that it could turn out some huge numbers at the box office. But there are also Black biopic failures that stand out as well, like Wendy Williams’ television film about the late Aaliyah. The poor casting choices for that film were the talk of Black Twitter for weeks.
Luckily, it looks like Benny Boom’s team did a pretty good job aligning actors with the famous people they play in All Eyez On Me. Click through these side-by-sides and decide for yourself.
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Kat Graham as Jada Pinkett

Before she was married to Will Smith, Jada Pinkett and Tupac were extremely close friends. They met in high school and she considered him a brother-figure, despite rumors that the two were romantically linked.

Taking on this very important role is Kat Graham, known for her role as Bonnie Bennett on the Vampire Diaries.
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Grace Gibson as Faith Evans

If you’re not sure where the still-thriving Faith Evans fits into this story, allow me to fill you in. Faith was married to Biggie Smalls. He was at the center of an East Coast - West Coast rivalry opposite of Tupac. In June of 1996, Tupac claimed to have slept with Faith in his dis track “Hit Em Up.” Many people think that the murder of Biggie and Tupac, which happened just months apart, were related.

A relatively new actress, Grace Gibson will be playing Faith. She is the daughter of veteran actress Lynn Whitfield and director Brian Gibson.
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Jamal Woolard As Biggie Smalls

Their public rivalry in the years leading up to both of their deaths permanently intertwined the legacies of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur. It’s almost impossible to talk about the life and career of one of them without mentioning the other.

Jamal Woolard is no stranger to standing in these shoes, either. He played Biggie Small in the 2009 biopic about his life, Notorious.
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Khadijah Copeland as Queen Latifah.

Queen Latifah was a friend and inspiration of Tupac’s during the early years of his career. She is also rumored to be at the center of a beef between him and Naughty By Nature member, Treach.

Another new actress, Khadijah Copeland will be playing Latifah in the film. I think the fact that Latifah’s character in the sitcom Living Single is a good sign.
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Harold House Moore as Dr. Dre

Before he made his official exit from Death Row Records, Dr. Dre and Tupac collaborated on the smash single “California Love.”

If Moore looks familiar, it’s probably because you’ve seen him as Swiff on Donalf Glover’s hit show, Atlanta. He also appeared in VH1’s Single Ladies for multiple seasons.
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Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur

Sure, she gave birth to one of the greatest pop culture figures of all time. But Afeni Shakur was great in her own right. She was also an activist and member of the Black Panther Party. As the subject of his timeless classic “Dear Mama,” there is no denying how much she meant to the late rapper.

Walking Dead fans rejoice! The actress who plays your beloved Michonne is now playing matriarch to the greatest rapper of all time.
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Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight

Knight is the troublemaking head of Death Row records that first signed Tupac Shakur. They developed a very close bond. Knight was with the rapper when he was shot.

Santana might staring his big break in the face taking on the role of the controversial rap executive. His smaller gigs include a stint on One Tree Hill.
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Annie Ilonzeh as Kidada Jones

It often slips under the radar that Tupac was engaged to be married when he died. Not only that, his fiance was Kidada Jones, the daughter of music genius, Quincy Jones, and older sister of Rashida Jones.

Annie Ilonzeh, who you may recognize as Harper Scott on Empire or Harper Rose on Person of Interest, is playing Kidada.
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Demetrius Shipp Jr. As Tupac Shakur

How they managed to find someone who looks so much like the actual person is beyond me.
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