The long-awaited Tupac Shakur biopic is still slowly taking form, but the news of Jada Pinkett Smith and Suge Knight characters added to the film is giving hope to patient fans.
Both Smith and Knight’s characters will play fundamental roles in the film as they did in his life. Smith was a classmate and close childhood friend of Tupac and that will be portrayed in the movie, as well as the large impact that former Death Row Records CEO Knight had on the young rapper and his career.
It has been revealed that the film will focus on Tupac’s upbringing. Following the rapper from his time at the Baltimore School of the Arts to his time in California as a young up-and-comer. AOL’s The BoomBox states that “audiences will see Tupac, who will be shown from the ages of 17 to 25, develop his love of poetry and become one of the greatest rappers of all time”.
In late August we released the news that 1995’s Nixon screenwriters, Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson, had committed to the project along with Antoine Fuqua, director of Training Day. Filming was supposed to begin in the fall of 2010 but is now slated to begin in Los Angeles this April.
There is still no word as to who will be taking on the lead role.