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Tupac Shakur Biopic News: Danai Gurira Cast as Tupac’s Mother Afeni Shakur

Some interesting news has developed about the Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez On Me. They’ve finally cast someone to play the role of Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur.

The Walking Dead actress Danai Gurira (a.k.a. the woman with the sword) will hit the screen as Tupac’s mother and fans couldn’t be happier. She’s actually perfect for the role.
We tend to associate actors with their characters, so playing the mother of the infamous West Coast rapper isn’t far fetched for Gurira. On The Walking Dead series she plays a strong, smart woman that gives zombies a run for their money.
Taking on the role of the “Dear Mama” rapper should be easy for Danai Gurira to transition into. Not to mention, it’s something Tupac fans can really look forward to; in a short time on the small screen Gurira has made an impact on TWD series.
Given the traits of Afeni Shakur, it will be interesting to see her character come into fruition in the Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez On Me.”

Method Man Added to Cast of VH1’s ‘The Breaks’

It’s been a while since we’e heard from Method Man. The Staten Island native is best remembered as one of the most popular rappers in the ’90s.

Fans are in luck; Method Man has been added to the cast of VH1’s, “The Breaks.”  Method Man joins the cast as Darryl Van Puten, Sr, DeeVee’s (Mack Wilds) perennially irritated father.

He is a stern, solid man who is unimpressed with DeeVee’s efforts to break into the music business. He believes his son needs to be treated with tough-love and give up this rap-thing if he’s ever going to get his life together.

“The Breaks” will chronicle the journey of Nikki, David and DeeVee, three friends united by their love of hip-hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film will travel viewers back to the summer of 1990 in New York City where the music industry’s artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and the street corners of the still crime-ridden city.  But they will all soon discover lives can be broken as fast as legends can be born.

“The Breaks,” which is currently in production now and will premiere late Fall 2015.

 

‘The Breaks,’ VH1’s Next Original Movie About The Hip Hop Industry

Continuing its success in the scripted arena, VH1 announces “The Breaks” (Working Title) as its next original movie project. The script was inspired by journalist Dan Charnas’ book “The Big Payback,” a narrative history of the hip hop business.

“The Breaks” will make its television debut written, directed and executive produced by Seith Mann (“The Wire,” “The Walking Dead,” “Homeland”). VH1 plans to start principal photography in Spring 2015 with a premiere date set for Fall 2015.  “The Breaks” has the potential to become a series after its movie premiere.

“The Breaks” (WT) will chronicle the journey of Nikki, David and Deevee, three friends united by their love of hip hop, as they work to make their big mark in the music industry. The film will take viewers back to the summer of 1990 in New York City where the music industry’s artists and hustlers intersect in the dance clubs and the street corners of the still crime-ridden city.

Nikki Jones is a brilliant recent grad who abandoned a scholarship to law school to pursue her dream of becoming a record executive.  Her boyfriend, David Aaron, is the scrappy son of a legendary music producer who is unwilling to rest on his father’s laurels and notorious reputation.  DeeVee is an aspiring producer on the hunt to find the next big rapper on the come-up.

Nikki fast talks her way into an internship at the premier hip hop company, Fouray Entertainment and catches the eye of the label’s infamous founder, while David struggles at the city’s top R&B radio station whose celebrity DJ refuses to program real hip hop.

Meanwhile, DeeVee returns to his roots in the Fort Greene projects to scout for talent and runs into Ahm, a drug dealer with a lyrical gift whose talent could bring them all to the next level.  But they will soon discover lives can be broken as fast as legends can be born.

The Breaks” has the hallmark of a successful VH1 film:  a strong, authentic storyline that celebrates a musical moment,” said Susan Levison, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Production, VH1.  “The story covers a seminal time when some thought Hip-Hop was a passing fad – ‘The Breaks’ will show how it became an enduring force.  We can’t wait to share it with our viewers.”

“The Breaks” is the third movie in VH1’s successful push into scripted programming, following the 2013 record-breaking premiere of “CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story” and success of last year’s “Drumline: A New Beat,” which drew in 2.4 million total viewers and averaged a 1.4 in the key Adult 18-49 demo during its premiere.