By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act May 12, 2011 at 5:05AM
As reported on this site last month, director Antoine Fuqua and Morgan Creek, decided to cast an unknown for the lead role in the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic; they even took their search to the web, by launching an online casting call in March!
Well... say hello to the "unknown" who calls himself Soulja Boy. In the below interview with MTV, posted yesterday, Mr Boy revealed that there's apparently interest in having him playing Tupac in the movie; as he states, he was asked to audition for the starring role in Antoine Fuqua's biopic.
I should note that the rapper with the acting bug recently announced that he's starring in a supposed "remake" (note the quotes) of the 1992 film Juice, playing the part of Bishop, which, by the way, is the role originated by then rapper/actor Tupac Shakur. Naturally, this news announcement didn't please some folks, who weren't shy about expressing their disdain.
I wonder if that's what helped generate interest in him from Fuqua's camp, to play Tupac in the biopic. But In gotta wonder about this though... if their expressed goal was to cast an unknown Actor (note the capital "A"), what's all this about considering Soulja Boy for the part?
Soulja says he's still thinking about it, and hasn't decided if he's going to even audition.
Principal photography on Tupac-the movie, is scheduled to begin in early summer in Georgia, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and New York, so, really, given that we're in mid-May, the starring cast should be announced very soon.
Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur, is serving as executive producer.
Universal will distribute the film.
Watch the interview below; he makes the revelation towards the latter half of the conversation, beginning around the 4:30-minute mark: