The highly anticipated Tupac biopic All Eyez on Me is set to hit theaters on June 16. During last night’s (May 7) MTV Movie & TV Awards, fans got a sneak peak of the film thanks to an exclusive clip.
The clip features Tupac (played by Demetrius Shipp Jr.) reading a poem to Jada Pinkett Smith (played by Kat Graham) before moving out to California to pursue his music dreams. While the video is relatively brief, it gives viewers a good idea of the movie’s tone.
Last year, XXL spoke to All Eyez on Me director Benny Boom about his goals for the film. The veteran filmmaker said he wanted to humanize the hip-hop icon and show why the late artist was more than rapper.
“I hope it will shed some light on Tupac’s story, the humanity of Tupac and bring clarity to the folklore that has become Tupac,” Boom said. “I think that what he represents, his image and all of those things mean very different things to very different people. To the kids in the struggle, he means one thing. To women, he’s like the ultimate sex symbol of hip-hop. To those activists who are [about] Black Lives Matter and those organizations, you can still pull things from Tupac lyrics that are messages of things that are happening today. He just means so much. This is why a film is being made about him. He wasn’t just a rapper.”
Watch Tupac read Jada Pinkett Smith a poem in All Eyez on Me below.
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