‘Vampire Diaries’ Star Kat Graham Confirms She’s Joining Cast of Tupac Shakur Biopic (Video)

Actress will play Jada Pinkett Smith alongside Demetrius Shipp Jr. and Jamal Woolard

Kat Graham is joining the cast of the Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me,” the actress told TheWrap in an episode of “Drinking With the Stars.”

Graham will play Jada Pinkett Smith in the film, which is being distributed by Open Road and directed by Benny Boom.

Pinkett Smith and Shakur had been friends since high school, where they both attended the Baltimore School for the Arts.

“It’s so funny. Now being older, I have more of an understanding of what that was between us,” Pinkett Smith recently told Howard Stern. “When you have two young people that have very strong feelings, but there was no physical chemistry between us at all, and it wasn’t even just for me! It was him too. There was a time when I was like, ‘Just kiss me! Let’s just see how this goes.’ When I tell you it had to be the most disgusting kiss for us both.”

Demetrius Shipp Jr. is set to play Tupac Shakur, while Jamal Woolard will reprise the role of East Coast rapper Biggie Smalls, who he also played in the 2009 film “Notorious.” Danai Gurira will play Shakur’s mother, Afeni Shakur.

The Morgan Creek Productions project will tell the life story of rapper Tupac. The title of the movie comes from his 1996 record by the same name. Shakur was shot multiple times on Sept. 7, 1996 in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, and died six days later.

The movie is already filming in Atlanta, and is produced by James G. Robinson and David Robinson of Morgan Creek, as well as LT Hutton.

Graham currently stars on “The Vampire Diaries.” She recently released her album “Roxbury Drive” in September, and is set to have more music coming out in the spring.

She is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and the law firm Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro & Shulman.

See her interview with TheWrap above.