The Walking Dead star to play Tupac's mum in biopic

Danai Gurira has landed a role in All Eyez On Me.

The Walking Dead star Danai Gurira has signed on to play Tupac Shakur's mum in the upcoming biopic All Eyez On Me.

The actress will portray political activist and Black Panthers member Afeni Shakur, who was a great influence on her son's life.

Afeni, who is in control of her son's estate, also serves as an executive producer on the movie, which features newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr. as Tupac, R&B star Keyshia Cole, and CSI: NY actor Hill Harper.

All Eyez On Me began filming last month (Dec15) after years of development delays, and a director switch including Boyz n the Hood filmmaker John Singleton and hip-hop music video visionary Benny Boom.

As for Gurira, she already has a busy year lined up - her acclaimed play Eclipsed, starring Lupita Nyong'o, will open on Broadway in March (16), and her new play Familiar, opens off-Broadway next month (Feb16).

Eclipsed is set during the Liberian Civil War and tells the story of a group of women who are unwillingly married to a rebel officer.

“Danai Gurira has written a brilliant play, ripped from the headlines, that looks at the terrible conflicts in post-colonial Africa with an eye that is both incisive and deeply compassionate,” Oskar Eustis, the theatre’s artistic director, said in a press release issued to Entertainment Weekly. “A feminist reading of the Liberian Civil War, a war that was ended by women, Eclipsed is both heart-breaking and profoundly life-affirming. We are delighted to welcome the extraordinary Lupita Nyong’o to the Public in this vitally important play.”

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