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‘s Lauren Cohan has joined the cast of the Tupac Shakur biopic
where she will play Leila Steinberg, a key figure in the young rapper’s life. Steinberg was only 25 years old when she met the 17 year-old rapper Shakur who came to one of her workshops where she mentors kids to use their talent to make their lives better. She knew instantly that he was a different kind of talent and started working with him.
Jamie Hector Joins Tupac Biopic 'All Eyez On Me'
In the end, Tupac and Steinberg became mentors for each other as the young mother worked to learn the ropes and become a business manager. She would end up becoming a major figure the rapper’s young life and career start. Steinberg, whose father was a criminal justice attorney, has undoubtedly changed countless lives as she still mentors kids today both who come from poverty and privilege (who probably would never have met otherwise) through a non-profit called aim4theheart.org. She’s been doing this for 30 years.
also stars Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac. Jamie Hector, Kat Graham and
‘s Danai Gurira. James G. Robinson, David Robinson (via Morgan Creek Productions) and LT Hutton are producing. Shakur’s mom Afeni Shakur is getting an exec producer credit.
I know we keep harping on this diversity thing, but you have a real life person (not...
Jeremy Haft and Ed Gonzalez penned the script and the film is being helmed by Benny Boom. The project follows the rise and senseless early death of the rapper on the Las Vegas strip when he was murdered in a drive-by shooting. Open Road is distributing the picture but the date has not been set.
Cohan, who will next be seen in the horror film from STX Entertaiment
bows Jan. 22 and its creepy trailer has already amassed 16.5 million views. In 2014, Cohan also starred in the John Herzfeld-directed independent film
alongside Sylvester Stallone, Kyra Sedgwick, and Kelsey Grammar.
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I know we keep harping on this diversity thing, but you have a real life person (not a fictional character), who is of Turkish, Mexican and Jewish descent and you cast a Caucasian actress? Not only that, Cohan is of British, Norwegian and Scottish descent, so she’s the Whitest of White.
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