By JOHN DALY
Lionsgate and Morgan Creek Entertainment announced today that Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label will distribute All Eyez On Me, the biopic of Tupac Shakur, in the U.S.
The film is scheduled to be released in theatres nationwide on June 16, on what would have been Shakur’s 46th birthday.
The film chronicles the life and legacy of controversial rapper Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his time at Death Row Records and his imprisonment.
Against insurmountable odds, Shakur rose to become a cultural icon whose career and persona both continue to grow long after his passing.
All Eyez On Me is produced by Morgan Creek’s James G. Robinson and David Robinson along with Program Pictures’ LT Hutton. The film is directed by Benny Boom and stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. in the role of Tupac Shakur; Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Afeni Shakur; Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as Jada Pinkett; Dominic Santana (Mr. Right) as Suge Knight; Jamal Woolard (Notorious) as Biggie Smalls; Keith Robinson (Dreamgirls) as Atron Gregory; Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead) as Leila Steinberg; and Hill Harper (CSI:NY) as the journalist.
Tupac sold over 75 million records worldwide; of which his album All Eyez On Me sold more than 10 million copies. On April 7, Tupac Shakur will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.