The upcoming Tupac Shakur movie "All Eyez On Me" has started to film and viewers may see a familiar face in the biopic. Jamal Woolard, who starred in the 2009 film "Notorious," will reportedly be reprising his role as Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Nortorious B.I.G.
According to TMZ, producers were so "blown away" by Woolard's performance as Biggie Smalls in "Notorious," that he was their first choice to play the role in "All Eyez On Me." The casting for the upcoming movie was described as "amazing and eerie" as both men look the part. Director Benny Boom and producer L.T. Hutton have not officially announced the cast yet.
Newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. will play Tupac in the movie. Although it's his first acting role, Shipp has a connection to Tupac, as his father, Demetrius Shipp Sr., knew the "California Love" rapper from working in the music business. The film will tell the story of the rapper's rise and his death in Las Vegas in 1996 where he was shot and killed.
You can see a picture of Shipp and Woolard both in character below:
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To tell the story of Tupac would be hard to do without involving Notorious B.I.G. In "Notorious," Anthony Mackie played Tupac, so it was only fitting "Biggie" would be in the Tupac film.
Tupac and Biggie Smalls had one of the biggest rap beefs of all time, which played out in a East Coast-West Coast rivalry in the mid-90's. Each rapper made a different diss song towards one another, which lead to people taking sides. Both rappers were shot and killed in drive-by shootings and neither one of their murders has been solved.