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Antoine Fuqua's biopic on Tupac Shakur gears up for production later this year

02.11.2011

We've already seen a biopic for Biggie Smalls with George Tillman Jr.'s 2009 film NOTORIOUS, and now the other greatest rapper in the history of Hip-Hop, Tupac Shakur, will be getting his shot courtesy of director Antoine Fuqua (BROOKLYN'S FINEST, TRAINING DAY).

Last May, Fuqua confirmed that TUPAC would be his next film saying that the hope was to begin filming in September, though things wound up taking longer than planned. But now according to a newly issued press release, Fuqua and his production are gearing up to begin work on the rapper's biopic later this year.

The film, written by Steve Bagatourian (AMERICAN GUN), Stephen J. Rivele & Christopher Wilkinson (ALI), will chronicle "the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip hop artist and actor, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East coast/West coast rap war."

Filming on TUPAC is scheduled to begin in late Spring/early Summer in Los Angeles, New York, Georgia and Las Vegas.

My hope is that Fuqua doesn't get too bogged down with finding an actor that very literally looks and sounds the part, but rather finds someone that can really convey Shakur's undeniable charisma, fierceness, and soul. Who could do that? Tell us what you think below.
Extra Tidbit: THUG ANGEL is a very good documentary on the man (available on Netflix Instant), particularly when it focuses on his early years as a teenager. The complexity and intelligence evident in Shakur at such a young age makes his death (at only 25) all the more tragic.
Source: JoBlo.com

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10:17AM on 02/13/2011

Casting Idea

I don't know any KNOWN actor who could play the part. But if they go with an unknown, I recommend Eddie Owens. He's a local radio personality out of Charlotte, North Carolina, I think, bears a pretty good resemblance to Pac. He's the link to a pic of him from his MySpace page:

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I don't know any KNOWN actor who could play the part. But if they go with an unknown, I recommend Eddie Owens. He's a local radio personality out of Charlotte, North Carolina, I think, bears a pretty good resemblance to Pac. He's the link to a pic of him from his MySpace page:

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4:05PM on 02/11/2011
First of all let me say "Notorious was a flaming piece of shit". I'm glad they got Antoine Fuqua to direct this because it means they got a serious filmmaker to direct this rather than some loser asshole paid off by Diddy to make a Diddy production instead of a Biggie production.
First of all let me say "Notorious was a flaming piece of shit". I'm glad they got Antoine Fuqua to direct this because it means they got a serious filmmaker to direct this rather than some loser asshole paid off by Diddy to make a Diddy production instead of a Biggie production.
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2:02PM on 02/11/2011

Eh...

WTF....why aren't they filming in Oakland? He spent so much time here, so much of his persona was formed in Oakland. They have to do some shooting here, get some legit location shots! Also, this casting needs to be perfect. I love Anthony Mackie, but he was not right for Pac.
WTF....why aren't they filming in Oakland? He spent so much time here, so much of his persona was formed in Oakland. They have to do some shooting here, get some legit location shots! Also, this casting needs to be perfect. I love Anthony Mackie, but he was not right for Pac.
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1:48PM on 02/11/2011
First Biggie, now PAC, cool! Tell that shit right yo.
First Biggie, now PAC, cool! Tell that shit right yo.
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12:00PM on 02/11/2011

look at this....and tell he doesnt look like tupac...

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11:40AM on 02/11/2011
i just hope this is more like Ray and less like Notorious.
i just hope this is more like Ray and less like Notorious.
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10:47AM on 02/11/2011
I'd be curious to see Ludacris try this one. Not only does he looks and sounds the part, he's got some acting skills to top it off. I was actually quite surprised by his performance in Crash.
I'd be curious to see Ludacris try this one. Not only does he looks and sounds the part, he's got some acting skills to top it off. I was actually quite surprised by his performance in Crash.
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12:04PM on 02/11/2011
maybe Andre 3000?

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maybe Andre 3000?

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9:44AM on 02/11/2011
double post
double post
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9:44AM on 02/11/2011

To Balboa6:

Good call with Foster playing Staley. That's dead on.

As for Tupac... Columbus Short? He could pull off a great performance when he's not given shit like The Losers.
Good call with Foster playing Staley. That's dead on.

As for Tupac... Columbus Short? He could pull off a great performance when he's not given shit like The Losers.
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9:36AM on 02/11/2011
This should be excellent. He deserves a biopic. I just hope they do his life and work justice.

Next up...a Layne Staley biopic starring Ben Foster (PLEASE!)
This should be excellent. He deserves a biopic. I just hope they do his life and work justice.

Next up...a Layne Staley biopic starring Ben Foster (PLEASE!)
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8:45AM on 02/11/2011

Lame

Are they gonna highlight the fact that 'Pac was really a huge pussy and all that gangsta shit was just an image?
That's the only way I could respect this production...
Are they gonna highlight the fact that 'Pac was really a huge pussy and all that gangsta shit was just an image?
That's the only way I could respect this production...
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9:33AM on 02/11/2011
Yeah, being educated, intelligent and having something legitimate to say really constitutes being a pussy. What a terrible thing to be able to form articulate sentences and hold a conversation. How dare he? Also, it wasn't just an image. There was simply more to him than what appeared on the surface. That's more than I can say for 99% of rappers.
Yeah, being educated, intelligent and having something legitimate to say really constitutes being a pussy. What a terrible thing to be able to form articulate sentences and hold a conversation. How dare he? Also, it wasn't just an image. There was simply more to him than what appeared on the surface. That's more than I can say for 99% of rappers.
9:55AM on 02/11/2011
Wow, so just because I think he was a pussy, I must not think he was smart? Didn't your mother ever teach you about not making assumptions?

I'm just saying, I hope they don't try to portray him as a thug who was hard, 'cuz he wasn't, not by a long shot.

Also, B.I.G. >>> Pac. I can also name 20 other emcees with more substance and better rhymes then Pac. I will never get the obsession with him...
Wow, so just because I think he was a pussy, I must not think he was smart? Didn't your mother ever teach you about not making assumptions?

I'm just saying, I hope they don't try to portray him as a thug who was hard, 'cuz he wasn't, not by a long shot.

Also, B.I.G. >>> Pac. I can also name 20 other emcees with more substance and better rhymes then Pac. I will never get the obsession with him...
6:00AM on 02/11/2011
I think Anthony Mackie could be good for the part
I think Anthony Mackie could be good for the part
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8:46AM on 02/11/2011
He already did.
He already did.
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