Following the success of the Biggie Small’s biopic “Notorious,” and the announcement late last year that a Run-DMC flick is in the works, director Antoine Fuqua recently revealed his next project would be a feature about the life of [artist id="1021"]Tupac Shakur[/artist].
“It looks like we’re doing Tupac Shakur’s movie next in September, that’s what I’ve been starting up and working on now,” Fuqua told the British entertainment website Digital Spy on Friday.
“I’ve been working on that for a while with Morgan Creek and [the production company's CEO] Jim Robinson. I just got the green light from him and we’re going in September. I’ve just started to prep that.”
Fuqua (“Training Day,” “Brooklyn’s Finest”) told Digital Spy that he would like to see a fresh face in the role of the iconic rapper, who was gunned down in 1996.
For “Notorious,” producers set out on a nationwide search for an upstart actor to play the Notorious B.I.G., before deciding on local Brooklyn rapper Jamal “Gravy” Woolard. Anthony Mackie, who had earlier played Tupac in an off-Broadway play, tied on the signature bandana again to play the West Coast rapper in “Notorious.” But Fuqua seems intent on finding multiple newcomers to play various parts in the yet-untitled project.
“That’s the goal, I want to discover someone new,” Fuqua said. “I want to discover a lot of new people if I can. Obviously I’m going to have to put some people in it that you know, just because actors have different skills. I want to go to the streets and find him anywhere he might be in the world.”
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