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Academy Award-winning 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen is at the center of an all-new Tupac film that he says will tell the “unvarnished truth” about the legend’s life.

The documentary was announced on Tuesday, May 10, after Shakur estate trustee Tom Whalley inked a deal with Amaru Entertainment, the company Afeni Shakur founded to release all posthumous Pac projects. Though it’s far from the first big screen take on Pac’s llife, with McQueen behind the scenes, it could be the most memorable.

McQueen will be working alongside Nigel Sinclair of White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson, who will produce what Deadline says will be a fully authorized, full-length feature documentary. McQueen had this to say about directing the forthcoming doc and Pac’s influence on hip-hop culture: “I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist. I attended NYU film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine overlapping with Tupac’s through a mutual friend in a small way. Few, if any shined brighter than Tupac Shakur. I look forward to working closely with his family to tell the unvarnished story of this talented man.”

Tupac has sold over 75 million records worldwide and stands as the first solo hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Get excited.

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