Grace Gibson as Faith Evans and Demetrius Shipp Jr as Tupac
Grace Gibson as Faith Evans and Demetrius Shipp Jr as Tupac

It finally has a release date! Lionsgate has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Morgan Creek’s long in development Tupac Shakur biopic, and has set a June 16, 2017 release date, which also happens to be Shakur’s birthday (he would’ve been 46).

Titled “All Eyez on Me,” the film chronicles 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.

The feature film is written by Jeremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez and Steve Bagatourian, and is directed by Benny Boom. Newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr stars as Tupac Shakur; Danai Gurira is Afeni Shakur; Kat Graham plays Jada Pinkett; Annie Ilonzeh is Kidada Jones; Lauren Cohan plays Leila Steinberg; and Jamal Woolard reprises his role from “Notorious” as Biggie Smalls.

James G Robinson and David Robinson from Morgan Creek are producing along with Program Pictures’ LT Hutton.

Watch the film’s most recent trailer below (although I’d expect Lionsgate to recut another one):