You might be used to watching Danai Gurira slice and dice up reanimated corpses as the badass samurai sword-wielding Michonne on “The Walking Dead,” but for her next role she’ll be displaying her maternal might on the big screen.
According to Entertainment Weekly, Gurira has been confirmed for the role of Afeni Shakur, the inspiration for Shakur’s beloved “Dear Mama,” opposite the rapper’s living doppelgänger Demetrius Shipp, Jr., who was cast in the lead in December.
“All Eyez” is expected to chronicle the rise and tragic fall of Shakur as he rose to rap stardom in the ’90s — during which he was incarcerated for sexual assault and later bailed out by Suge Knight in exchange for signing with Death Row Records and ultimately ensnaring himself in the East Coast-West Coast feud which cost his life.
Gurira, whose film credits include 2007’s “The Visitor” and “Mother of George,” also bears a striking similarity to Shakur’s mother, who is reportedly serving as an executive producer on the film after settling a legal rights battle several years ago.
Meanwhile, Biggie Smalls aka Notorious B.I.G. has also been cast with Jamal Woolard, who is best-known for portraying the same in 2009’s “Notorious” opposite Anthony Mackie as 2Pac. Woolard, who goes by MC Gravy, was featured on Tupac’s Pac’s Life album in “Untouchable.”