As Hollywood execs play directorial musical chairs with the highly anticipated Tupac Shakur biopic, it looks like John Singleton may be the man for the job. After manning the helm for a minute, Antoine Fuqua (Training Day, Brooklyn’s Finest) has stepped away from the project. “They say” Fuqua backed away from the biopic after reaching a stalemate in the quest for the lead actor (passing on Anthony Mackie in the process). Vacating his role, Fuqua has moved onto submarine action thriller Hunter Killer, leaving the position wide open for John Singleton.

The famed director may only be “in talks”, but he stands a good chance of securing the seat, particularly given his history with the slain rapper – slash – actor. Back in 1993, Singleton directed ‘Pac in Poetic Justice.

There’s been a lot of shuffling around for Singleton as of late, actually. He was recently top pick to direct the NWA bio Straight Outta Compton before Footloose director Craig Brewer was tapped for the job. The Tupac-centered screenplay, still a work in progress, was structured around the star’s reign on Suge Knight’s Death Row Records, with lengthy flashbacks to his earlier life and rise to stardom. So once Singleton’s finally on board with the project, the pressure will be on to fill the dynamic role of Tupac Shakur.

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