Actress Danai Gurira shines in Tupac Biopic
HARARE – Zimbabwean actress Danai Gurira was last week the toast on social media following the premiere of Tupac Shakur’s biopic titled “All Eyez On Me” in Hollywood in which she stars as the slain rapper’s mother, Afeni Shakur.
Danai’s involvement in the film gave credence of her acting prowess, having landed major roles in other Hollywood blockbusters such as “The Walking Dead” in which she plays the samurai sword-swinging Michonne.
Plot Mhako, a film expert hailed Danai for her role saying she fitted well in Afeni’s shoes.
“Congratulations to our own Danai for playing big role of Afeni Shakur,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
Zimbabwean filmmaker Elton Mjanana commented: “We are pleased to be represented as a country in such inspiring film kudos Danai.”
“Friends join me in congratulating Danai for hoisting the Zimbabwean flag high,” wrote Mike Maphosa.
The Morgan Creek biopic was directed by Benny Boom. Boom has directed many top rated music videos by international artistes.
According to XXL magazine, Tupac’s mother was notoriously known as a respected political activist and member of the Black Panther plus a major figure in her son’s life.
“Afeni is the executive producer of All Eyez On Me and the head of her son’s estate. Dominic L. Santana plays Suge and Tupac is played by Demetrius Shipp Jr,” the magazine said.
The magazine also reports that the production of the film started in December last year after months of delays that included multiple director changes and an in-house lawsuit.
John Singelton had left the project, saying on Instagram that, “The people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac.”
The film will cover Tupac Shakur’s entire life, from his rise to stardom to his death in 1996, while also touching on his stint at Death Row Records, the East coast/West coast rap war and everything in-between.
The film is produced by James G Robinson and David Robinson of Morgan Creek Productions, along with LT Hutton.