Over 15 years after Tupac Shakur's death, plans to take his legacy to theaters may finally become a reality. The story of the great West Coast emcee was originally slated to be helmed by Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, but after a fruitless search for someone talented enough to play the legendary rapper, Fuqua orphaned the budding biopic.
Thankfully, plans to put Shakur back in the spotlight have not been entirely abandoned. Vulture reports that John Singleton, who directed Shakur's breakout performance with Janet Jackson in 1993's Poetic Justice, is currently in talks to takeover 2Pac's much-hoped-for feature film.
Being that Singleton worked with 2Pac at the height of his career (and just prior to his death), has already made a memorable contribution to Hip Hop film cannon with his directorial debut Boyz 'n the Hood and is currently a contender for directing NWA's biopic Straight Outta Compton, we think Singleton may be just the man to successfully bring 2Pac's tale to the big screen.
In order to compete with Biggie's biopic Notorious, Singleton would have to cast someone who can convincingly do the 2Pac walk and talk, to the same extent Jamal Woolard expertly embodied the late, great B.I.G.'s swagger with spot-on accuracy.
So only one last issue remains: who will be able to do Pac justice and pull-off Hip Hop's biggest, brashest and most talented persona?
Weigh in with your fit-to-play-Pac picks below.
[Via NY Mag]