Director Allen Hughes reveals the official poster and release date for the new Tupac docuseries. Now titled Outlaw: The Saga Of The Shakurs, the series will take two more years to premiere.
Back in 2019, FX announced they would air a new Tupac docuseries. Approved by the Tupac Estate, the five part series will dive into the lives of Tupac and Afeni Shakur.
President of Original Programming for FX Entertainment revealed the news at the 2019 TCA summer press tour.
Outlaw: The Saga of Afeni and Tupac Shakur, from The Defiant Ones director Allen Hughes. A five-part series looking at the mother and son. Told through the eyes of the people who knew them best. The series explores their message of freedom, equality, persecution and justice.
Taking on the docuseries is Allen Hughes and his brother, Albert Hughes. The two brothers have reunited after eleven years for the project. Allen Hughes has full access to Tupac’s released and unreleased material, writings, and poetry. All of which was granted by the Tupac Estate.
Hughes won’t take on this project alone. Joining Hughes are producers Lasse Jarvi, Charles D. King, Tom Whalley, and Tom Pellegrini. Dr. Dre will contribute to the docuseries, joining his long time friend Allen Hughes.
Although Shakur and the Hughes Brothers had their issues in the past, Allen was praised for his work on ‘The Defiant Ones‘. The four part docuseries which focused on the career and partnership of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, also featured Tupac. Shakur’s segment has fans feeling confident on the up-coming Outlaw docuseries. Unfortunately they will have to wait until Spring of 2022 for ‘Outlaw: The Saga Of The Shakurs’ to finally premiere.
Outlaw Docuseries Cast
Many will contribute to the series, sharing their stories and relationships with Tupac and Afeni.
As far as the cast members, not much has been revealed. Johanna Gentry will take on the role as Afeni Shakur. Gentry appeared in the 2018 film Deadly Lessons, and in her earlier acting career on General Hospital, and Days of Our Lives.
Mimi Fletcher who has a lengthier acting resume will portray Afeni Shakur’s sister Gloria Cox. Fletcher’s resume consist of appearances on the Interrogation, The Surrogate, and Blood on Her Name.
Gloria Cox is also the mother of Outlawz member Kastro. Kastro along with EDI, Napoleon, Yaki Kadafi formed the Hip Hop group Dramacydal in the early nineties.
Close friend to the Shakur family, Jasmine Guy will appear on the docuseries as herself. Meeting Tupac during his guest appearances on a “A Different World”, Jasmine Guy would go on to build a strong friendship with Tupac.
Jasmine Guy was one of the few that Tupac trusted after being shot at Quad Studios in New York. Tupac ended up staying at Jasmine Guy’s place recovering after the shooting. “For me, sitting on the sidelines while all of that was going on, my heart would always stop for a while and then just come back, because um…these were very emotional times. And I wasn’t a member of the family, but I was always around. For whatever Afeni embraced me for, I really wanted to support them, and not just Tupac, but that family who depended on him completely.”
“We realized that Tupac didn’t wanna stay in the hospital, or at his girlfriend’s house. So they [Tupac’s mom and aunt] called me to see if I could keep him while he was convalescing from his wounds. He had…5 bullet wounds that he was healing from, and he didn’t feel safe sitting up in the hospital bed,” explains Jasmine Guy.
Former member of the Panther 21, Jamal Joseph will appear on the Outlaw series as himself. Jamal is also a writer, director, and producer, but no word yet if he will contribute in the production aspect of the series.
- Malcolm D. Stewart, Story Producer
- Allen Hughes, executive producer
- Lasse Järvi, executive producer
- Charles D. King, executive producer
- Tom Pellegrini, producer
- Tom Whalley, producer