Pittsburgh Filmmaker Antoine Fuqua, best known for directing the award-winning film Training Day, has been working on a biopic about the late Tupac Shakur for some time. Now some details about the planned film have come to light. The film will of course feature actors portraying Tupac, his mother, and Suge Knight. But, more surprising, Jada Pinkett Smith will also play a part in the film, having been a classmate and friend of the young rapper during his teen years in Baltimore.
The film’s official synopsis, courtesy of Moviehole.com, reads like this: “The rise and fall of TUPAC SHAKUR is chronicled, from his days attending the Baltimore School of the Arts as a teenager, to his decision to leave his mother’s dead-end life behind and embrace the Thug Life in California, to his wild success as a rapper and his dangerous war against the East Coast scene. A true poet who was waylaid by fame’s trappings, his earliest ambition was to change the world and make a difference in people’s lives, and before his tragic murder in Las Vegas in 1996, that’s exactly what 2Pac did…”
So far, no actors have been attached to the flick but Moviehole has a quote from Fuqua about how he will approach the casting, “I want to discover someone new. I want to discover a lot of new people if I can. Obviously I’m going to have to put some people in it that you know, just because actors have different skills. I want to go to the streets and find him anywhere he might be in the world.” To read more about the movie, including full character bios, head over to Moviehole.com.