Danai Gurira Set To Play Tupac’s Mother Afeni Shakur In “All Eyez On Me”
According to Deadline, one of our favorite actresses is taking on the role of the woman who birthed and raised hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur. Danai Gurira, “Michonne” in the AMC series “The Walking Dead”, has been cast to play Afeni Shakur and from what we’ve seen of the cast thus far, she might be the best actor on set…
As soon as her samurai sword-swinging Michonne character entered The Walking Dead, it was clear Danai Gurira would be an actress to watch. Now, she’s gotten a major feature role: she’ll play Afeni Shakur in the Morgan Creek Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me. She joins a film that is already underway in Atlanta, with Open Road distributing. The film is directed by Benny Boom, and Demetrius Shipp Jr plays Tupac.
In Afeni Shakur (who is an exec producer on the film and the keeper of the flame on her son’s estate), Gurira plays a complex woman. A political activist and member of the Black Panthers, Afeni raised her son to be a voracious reader with a political awareness that informed his development as a street poet. The film covers Tupac’s rise to stardom as a hip-hop artist and actor, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial stint at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East Coast/West Coast rap war.
Does this news make you any more excited for “All Eyez On Me”?
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