Tupac Is a Revolutionary in the New Trailer for All Eyez on Me

Demetrius Shipp Jr. Tupac Shakur has been portrayed in films for years now, from the MC Hammer docudrama Too Legit to the N.W.A.-focused Straight Outta Compton. It looks to be more of a warts-and-all portrait than a reverential one, to the film’s clear benefit. We’ll see if the film as a whole lives up to expectations upon its June 16 release. All Eyez on Me is in the hands of Benny Boom, best known for his prolific work behind some of the biggest names in the music business; he’s helmed videos for 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj, and countless more. Now, a little over 20 years after his death, Pac is finally getting a biopic of his own. His familiarity with the hip-hop scene translates well to this explosive new trailer. But for he most part, he has existed on the margins, a larger-than-life figure operating in the corners of other people’s stories. (His father reportedly worked with Tupac on the song “Toss It Up.”) And of course, credit for the nuanced portrayal should go to the film’s director as well. All Eyez on Me provides a sweeping exploration of the rapper’s short life, interrogating his overlapping roles as artist and activist. appears to be a force in the title role, stepping into some very big shoes for his on-screen debut.