WATCH: Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur in ‘All Eyez On Me’

All Eyez On Me tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25,” the synopsis of the film reads. “Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing.”

Directed by Benny Boom (Next Day Air), the film takes a look at Afeni and her son’s relationship from his childhood to mid 1990s ra’p superstardom. Afeni founded the Tupac Amaru Shakur Foundation, which focuses on student arts training and education—shortly after Pac’s 1996 death in a drive-by shooting. She died of a  heart attack last year.

All Eyez on Me hits theaters on June 16—what would have been Pac’s 46th birthday.

Gurira is a true renaissance woman who is an award-winning playwright and actress.  She began writing plays to better utilize her strengths as an actor, and to tell stories that convey ideas about strong women with whom she identifies, and wound up making history on Broadway by creating the first all-black cast and crew with Eclipsed starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.  She joined the cast of The Walking Dead in 2012, and starred in Andrew Dosunmu’s independent dramas, Restless City in 2012 and in Mother of George in 2013.  She will be starring in Marvel’s Black Panther helmed by Creed director Ryan Coogler

Check out the official trailer below!

 

 

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