All Eyez on Me, the biopic based on the life of rapper Tupac Shakur, is finally getting a release date for the big screens.
Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to the Morgan Creek Entertainment film that follows the life of the iconic ’90s rapper, and is set to release on June 16, 2017, which marks Shakur’s 46th birthday.
The film showcases his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his imprisonment and controversial time at Death Row Records. Shakur sold more than 75 million records worldwide, with his fourth studio album, 1996’s All Eyez on Me, selling more than 10 million copies. Pac will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 7 this year.
Benny Boom directed the film, which stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Shakur. Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Dominic Santana, Jamal Woolard (who infamously plays Notorious B.I.G) , Keith Robinson, Lauren Cohan and Hill Harper also star. The film is produced by Morgan Creek’s James G. Robinson and David Robinson, along with Program Pictures’ LT Hutton.
All Eyes on Me started out on its long journey back in 2011 when Morgan Creek teamed with Emmett/Furla/Oasis to make the film, and hired Antoine Fuqua to direct. Fuqua eventually left the project, and John Singleton signed on. He also later left, and eventually Boom, who has directed a slew of music videos for hip-hop stars, signed on.