Saturday, May 18, 2024

Straight Outta Complications: “Tupac” Movie Starts Casting for Dr. Dre, Biggie Smalls, Faith Evans


“Straight Outta Compton” heads to $100 million this weekend, a real phenom at the box office.

So what’s next?

“Tupac,” the long in the planning, complicated biography of Tupac Shakur. John Singleton was signed as director, but left after disagreements with Afeni Shakur, Tupac’s mom and executive producer. Carl Franklin replaced him.

Still no word who will play Tupac.And now the production is casting for Dr. Dre, Biggie Smalls, and Faith Evans. But the Morgan Creek-produced film has a start date of October. The pressure is definitely on now to make this film as “Compton” has blazed a trail with its related stories of Dre and co from NWA.

Of course, “Tupac” becomes much more incendiary with the main character’s unsolved murder. Also, the production may have to cast Madonna, who now talks about her 1993 affair with the rapper openly.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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