The Tupac Shakur biopic, titled “All Eyez On Me,” has officially wrapped production and new photos from the set show Demetrius Shipp Jr. (Tupac) and Dominic L. Santana (Suge Knight) filming the tragic death scene. In the pictures, fans don’t get to see the actual shooting but they do get a glimpse of different moments surrounding the rapper’s death.
In one image, posted by TMZ, Shipp Jr. is seen riding in the passenger side of a black car. In a second photo from set, Santana stands on a sidewalk with his eyes closed and blood on his head. Other photos show the two actors standing around surrounded by the crew. See some of the photos below.
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According to TMZ, the murder scene was filmed on the Las Vegas Strip, the same place Tupac was shot, and it was so realistic that local reporters raced to the location thinking it was an actual shooting. Tupac died from his injuries at the age of 25 on Sept. 13, 1996.
Last week, Shipp Jr. posted an Instagram photo of himself from the set revealing that he was done filming for the movie. “Still can’t believe what my life has become and is becoming. Not too long ago it was just struggle, stress and trying to figure it all out,” he wrote. “Now I just wrapped up a feature film and I’m the star, and not just any movie, the life of Tupac, CRAZY. 2015 threw every curveball possible in the midst of preparation to get this role. Thank God for giving me what I needed to keep going and blessing me with the role.”
After thanking the cast and crew, he wrote, “I’ve made some life long friendships within this film and can’t wait til we’re all together again at the premiere. R.i.p to Tupac Shakur, you’re a Black Pioneer and a Hero to our people and culture. I hope my performance pays tribute and gives insight to your life and most of all ‘Spark the brain.’”
In an interview with XXL, the up-and-coming actor dished on portraying the “California Love” rapper, saying that he hopes the film shows people a different side of Tupac and explains “why things ended up the way they did.”
“We don’t really know the inside, the ins and outs,” he said. “You kind of have to take the role and think ‘How did he end up this way?’ You have to really realize that there were events that happened in his life that caused him to be cold and to be angry … My whole thing that I wanted to leave people with is that they walk away like, ‘Wow, I never knew [that]. I have a whole different perspective on this guy’s life.’”
“All Eyez On Me” will be released in November, just two months after Tupac’s 20th anniversary of his death.