Director Antoine Fuqua's Latest Isn't The Tomb but a Tupac Biopic
06.02.10 by Ryan
After working on movies revolving around police officers and the violence that surrounds their lives (Brooklyn's Finest and Training Day), director Antoine Fuqua's next movie will explore the life of Tupac Shakur, the iconic rap star who died in a 1996 shooting. The director confirmed that the biopic was his next project while talking to Digital Spy.
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. "I've been working on that for a while with Morgan Creek and Jim Robinson. I just got the greenlight from him and we're going in September. I've just started to prep that.
While The Hurt Locker's Anthony Mackie portrayed Tupac in 2009's Notorious, Fuqua says he intends to find an unknown for the iconic role.
That's the goal, I want to discover someone new. 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.
Recent reports had Fuqua directing The Tomb, a prison-escape drama that would reunite him with his Tears of the Sun star Bruce Willis. Fuqua says that movie, so far, is "a conversation I've been having with Bruce." Willis was recently cast in director Rian Johnson's time-traveling sci-fi flick, Looper.