Demetrius Shipp, Jr. is getting his big break playing Pac in Morgan Creek Production’s, “All Eyez On Me.”
We’re told the biopic covers the rapper’s entire life, including his murder in 1996.
Production sources tell us Demetrius’ father worked in the music biz, and crossed paths with Tupac when Demetrius was a kid, and he’s been a huge fan ever since.
We’re told producer L.T. Hutton approached Demetrius to star as the rapper in no small part because of the obvious similarities. He immediately took some crash acting classes … 4 times a week.
Famous music video guru, Benny Boom, is directing. Production kicked off this past week in Atlanta.
Benny Boom is a New York based director who heavily influenced the visual landscape of popular music by directing over 200 music videos for artists such as LL Cool J, Ice T, Nicki Minaj, P. Diddy, Chris Brown, Lil’ Wayne & 50 Cent.
Benny has won numerous awards for his work in music videos including the BET Award for Video Director of the Year in 2013 and 2009and the BET Hip Hop Award for Best Video Director of the Yearin 2015 and 2013.
He also directed an assortment of commercials for companies like Jeep, Honda, Gatorade and Reebok In 2009, he directed his first feature film, Next Day Air, starring Mike Epps, Donald Faison and Mos Def, and his second film, S.W.A.T. 2: Firefight was distributed by
Producer L.T. Hutton asked Shipp to take the part in the Morgan Creek film because of similarity in appearance to the West Coast Rap legend. Shipp took acting classes four times a week to prepare for the role.
Actor Hill Harper also wrote about Shipp getting the role on Instagram.
“‘A coward dies a 1,000.deaths, a soldier…'”
he writes in a photo collage.
“Shooting #alleyezonme My brotha from anotha @dshippjraeome throwin’ it down as #Pac!!!
#rideordie#meagainsttheworld #brendasgotababy #rosefromconcrete #ifidietonight#tupacmovie.”