Tupac Biopic “All Eyez on Me” Casts “Notorious” Lead Jamal Woolard as Notorious B.I.G.

Tupac biopic "All Eyez On Me" casts "Notorious" lead Jamal Woolard.

Since being confirmed in the fall of 2013, updates about the upcoming Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me have been few and far between. The production of the film has held up by several issues, which included having to replace its original director, John Singleton (Boyz N The Hood2 Fast 2 Furious). The latest development on the casting front however, appears to be a good sign that production of the anticipated biopic is finally moving in the right direction.

Even the most casual of rap fans know that you can’t tell the story of the late great 2Pac with bringing the Notorious B.I.G. into the fold. While Anthony Mackie won’t be reprising his Notorious (2009) role as the West Coast emcee (don’t sweat it, he’s a superhero now) the Biggie biopic’s lead will be reprising his role in All Eyez on Me. According to TMZNotorious star Jamal Woolard remained the top choice amongst producers for the role of Notorious B.I.G. throughout the entire casting process, and has now been officially chosen for the role. While the Biggie biopic itself wasn’t embraced by critics, Woolard’s portrayal of the rap icon born Christopher Wallace was seen by many as one of the film’s bright spots.

Production on All Eyez on Me got underway earlier this month in Atlanta. The biopic is said to span Tupac Shakur’s entire life up until his untimely death in 1996. Keep your fingers crossed in the hopes that production company Morgan Creek and director Benny Boom took some notes from F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton and deliver a proper big screen tribute to one of the greatest rappers of all time.

Hit the jump to see Woolard and All Eyez on Me lead Demetrius Shipp Jr. posted up in costume as the two rap legends.

Best of both worlds

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A born and bred New Yorker, Nate was raised on '90s hip-hop and AND1 streetball mixtapes. In his early college years, he began writing for music blogs and YRB Magazine, while working one of the scummiest jobs known to man, mobile phone sales. He later joined The SOURCE as a Contributing Editor for the print magazine and TheSource.com. He has written for XXL magazine, Complex.com and BET.com, among other media outlets. On occasion, he still loses sleep over Game 7 of the 1994 NBA Finals. He often copes with the stress of being a lifelong Knicks fan by adding to his sizable sneaker collection or watching a George Carlin stand-up special.