When casting resurrects a guy to be the star in his own movie, you know they mean business. Joking aside, I’m apprehensive when it comes to Demetrius Shipp Jr.’s ability to pull this off. According to IMDB, this will be Shipp’s first major role. Let’s not beat around the bush, they hired him for his face: he IS Tupac, but can he act?
Biggie Smalls, Dr. Dre, Suge Knight, and Afeni Shakur also make appearances in this movie. It will be interesting to see how the actors put into these roles will compare against those in Straight outta Compton.
Unfortunately, I’m not taken by the director. Benny Boom doesn’t have the greatest rep. The few movies directed by Boom haven’t been received all that well, but I am hoping that – with the potential and popularity this movie has – he can turn that around here. Same can be said for the writers!
Based solely on the people working on this movie, I am surprised that it was given the green light. With that being said, the idea in itself instantly makes this movie a big-seller, with a lot of hype already building.
I’m hoping my doubts are baseless and that I’m proven wrong. I would really love to see this movie succeed.