“Tupac,” a biopic about the rapper’s short life, is a go and now the hunt is on for the right guy to play Tupac Shakur in the movie. According to MTV on Sept 21, there’s plenty of suggestions, but this one of a kind rap icon will be hard to imitate, even for the most seasoned of actors.
Tupac, who still manages to frequently make headlines despite being dead 17 years, was a guy who had all the appealing qualities. The rapper was a real man’s man and the women found him irresistible. MTV hit the nail on the head describing Tupac as “The ultimate contradiction.” He was “convincingly poetic, militant, compassionate and vitriolic all at once.”
There’s no doubt about it if Tupac were alive today, he would have withstood the test of time, and this guy would have not faded away. Watching him in action, you just knew Tupac was destined to be even greater than he was when he left this earth.
The film is a real family affair, Tupac’s mother is executive producer of the movie, so you know the film company will have no other choice but to find the perfect Tupac Shakur for the lead role. The simple title doesn’t need any elaboration, “Tupac” says it all. The Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett Furla Films productions are making the film.
MTV suggests a few actors worth taking a look at to fill the shoes of Tupac in the movie:
Michael B. Jordan, he’s got Tupac’s intensity, but not close enough in looks. His role as Oscar Grant in the 2013 movie, “Fruitvale Station,” shows he can pull from within when acting.
Anthony Mackie already had a shot at playing Tupac in the 2009 movie about Biggie Smalls’ life in “Notorious.” Maybe someone will decide to give him another shot at the role.
Jamie Hector from the series “The Wire” is another guy that could do the role justice. His drug lord Marlo “Black” Stanfield character shook audiences to the core.
John Boyega, who played head alien slayer Moses in “Attack the Block,” can handle the part, but MTV doesn’t think he’ll be in the running.
Chadwick Boseman of “42” Jackie Robertson fame is another suggestion for the title role of Tupac.
Edi Mue Gathegi was the first to get killed off in “X-Men: First Class,”
Souja Boy, MTV doesn’t see the harm in letting him do an audition for the part. He was slated to play Tupac in “Bishop,” the “Juice” remake, but that project is not seeing any movement.
What are your suggestions for the role of “Tupac.”