Thursday, Morgan Creek Pictures announced filming of the movie Tupac will begin shooting sometime between late spring and early summer. No lead actor has been announced to play the role of Tupac Shakur, and a majority of the casting is still underway.
Training Day’s Antoine Fuqua will direct the biopic, while 2Pac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, serves as executive producer. Former Ruthless Records A&R, L.T. Hutton, who similarly spent time at Death Row Records will also serve as a producer. Hutton’s Program Pictures works in conjunction with Morgan Creek. In 2009, Shakur and Morgan Creek were involved in a $10 million lawsuit over the rights to the biopic, but it appears both parties have since worked out their respective differences.
“I am confident that Morgan Creek will stay true to the common goal we share of depicting Tupac’s life in a way that will allow the world to see the authenticity of his artistry, his hopes, and his life goals,” Shakur said in a released statement.
There is currently no scheduled release date for Tupac, but sources at Morgan Creek stated the film will be shot on location in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia and Las Vegas and will follow the life and legacy of Shakur, who was murdered in 1996.