A new trailer for Tupac Shakur’s biopic “All Eyez on Me” was released Tuesday, on the 20th anniversary of his death.
On Sept. 13, 1996, Tupac died six days after being shot in Las Vegas. The biopic has been in the works for a decade, according to Vice, and will show Tupac’s relationship with his mother Afeni, who died earlier this year.
The film stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac, and the two-minute teaser packs in a lot, including Tupac’s time in jail and his mother’s admonitions to be careful now that he’s a black leader. And his role as a black leader was complicated but impactful, Kevin Powell told NPR. Because Tupac talked about violence, drugs and his own mistakes, Powell said, “You get vulnerability, you get an exploration of manhood from different angles, even admitting all of his many mistakes … And so those things, that kind of honesty — which is so rare for a lot of people — made him someone who became a touchstone for folks’ lives. And that’s why they responded to him, and still do.”
Billboard also honored the late rapper with a piece sharing memories from Tupac’s friends and collaborators on Tuesday. Gobi Rahimi, Tupac’s personal videographer, told Billboard “Even in the seven short months that I shared with him, it seemed like he was transforming, even in that short time period. It was a metamorphosis; it was like he was ready to fight out of his cocoon and turn into a butterfly.”
“All Eyez on Me” hits theaters Nov. 11.