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Some might say Demetrius Shipp Jr.'s starring in 'All Eyez on Me' was ordained by the universe

Demetrius Shipp Jr. portrays the late Tupac Shakur in the upcoming biopic "All Eyez on Me." (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)
Demetrius Shipp Jr. portrays the late Tupac Shakur in the upcoming biopic "All Eyez on Me." (Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times)

“All Eyez on Me,” titled after the last album Tupac Shakur released while alive, is set to be one of the summer’s standouts.

In the vein of 2015’s “Straight Outta Compton,” which charted the rise of rap group N.W.A, “Eyez” aims to chronicle the impact the Harlem-born artist had on the music scene. (Earlier this year, Shakur was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)

Alongside Shipp, the film stars Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead”), Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”) and Jamal Woolard (“Notorious”).

And though the role is Demetrius Shipp Jr.'s first acting gig, some might say it was ordained by the universe. The 28-year-old bears an uncanny resemblance to the performer, something Shipp has been told since high school. “I went to school in Long Beach and all the seniors I used to kick it with called me ‘Pac,’ ” he said, smiling.

Shipp’s favorite scenes were with Annie Ilonzeh, who plays Kidada, the daughter of Quincy Jones and actress Peggy Lipton, who was engaged to Tupac at the time of his death.

It shows a Pac that you can’t see anywhere else.

Demetrius Shipp Jr.

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