Ready for 2Pac to be resurrected for the big screen, in spirit at least? Apparently the lawsuit between Afeni Shakur's Amaru Entertainment and Morgan Creek has been settled -- whether in or out of court is unclear -- and the latter's long-planned Tupac Shakur biopic can now finally move ahead. Training Day director Antoine Fuquawill begin shooting the film about the rapper this September, according to his statements to Digital Spy (via The Playlist): "I've been working on that for a while with Morgan Creek and Jim Robinson," he told the site. "I just got the greenlight from him and we're going in September. I've just started to prep that."

Don't expect Anthony Mackie to reprise the role, which he played last year in the Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious (a film Fuqua was once attached to, by the way). Nor should you think up other established actors who'd fit the part. Fuqua says his goal is to discover someone new, and he'd like to fill the rest of the cast with relative unknowns, though he acknowledges that some well-known names will have to appear, depending on their skills. But as for the lead, he's set to "go to the streets and find him anywhere he might be in the world."
Perhaps as with Notorious, there will be a hugely publicized open call for auditions -- and perhaps similarly the part will end up going to someone not involved in those try outs. I am very curious if Mama Shakur and her company will have any involvement with the film, like Violetta Wallace had with her son's biopic. Afeni is currently dealing with other legal troubles stemming from recent drug possession charges, but this shouldn't keep her from having a say in who plays the hip-hop icon or how her son's life will be portrayed.

Would fans prefer such a biased or protected tribute to the rapper, who also acted in films like Poetic Justice and Gridlock'd? Or should this biopic be a less flattering, less glossed-over depiction of Tupac's life and legendary music career? What do you hope to see in the biopic?
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