“The Walking Dead” actress Danai Gurira, who plays the samurai sword-swinging Michonne on the series, has been cast as Tupac’s mother Afeni Shakur in the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez On Me” at Morgan Creek Pictures and Open Road Films.
Afeni Shakur was a political activist and member of the Black Panthers who raised her son to be a voracious reader with a political awareness that informed his development as a street poet.
Demetrius Shipp Jr. takes on the role of Tupac. and the film will cover his rise to stardom as a hip-hop artist and actor, as well as his imprisonment and controversial stint at Death Row Records where he became steeped in the East Coast and West Coast rap war.
Filming is already underway in Atlanta under the direction of Benny Boom.