Apparently, Tupac is dead. Like, still. That revelation might disappoint some people who insist he’s actually just MIA in Jamaica somewhere, hiding from all the haters, and releasing what’s arguably been the most prodigious “posthumous” output of any recording artist, ever. But don’t tell that to Antoine Fuqua, the Morgan Creek Productions/Universal Pictures director whose new Pac biopic,
All Eyez on Me TUPAC, will eventually come to a theater near you. According to a Vibe magazine blog posted today, Fuqua is currently casting for the lead role, asking all Tupac look-alikes to audition by uploading a video so that fans can vote and choose the winner. It’s a little bit of marketing genius, blogger Ri Reeves pointed out, since the online casting call will also double as a form of viral marketing. Here’s a list of people who should consider auditioning. It’s by no means complete, so feel free to add:
1. Oakland rapper Philthy Rich, who included the track “Feelin’ Like Pac” on his most recent album.
2. Lil’ B the Based God, who could definitely parlay his divine powers beyond Twitter.
3. Lil’ B’s new alter ego, Lil’ B the Based Dog.
5. Comedian Sean Keane, who could easily shift to the thug life if he doesn’t become the next big thing in country music.
6. Former mayoral candidate LL Young, who is not really all that hip-hop, given that he’s actually a real estate agent. But with that line “Vote LL and Oakland will be well,” he’s already on the way to being the greatest rapper of all time.
Update, 2:52 p.m. According to an e-mail from the folks at Morgan Creek, we (and Vibe) got the title wrong: it’s just TUPAC (caps theirs), not All Eyez on Me. Change your google alerts accordingly.