Jada Pinkett Smith; Kat Graham
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Kat Graham has booked the role of Jada Pinkett Smith in the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me, Variety reports.

Both ladies certainly favor each other. But aside from looks, Pinkett Smith was such an important person in Shakur's development as a teen. We're sure Graham is going to bring it in her portrayal of a young Pinkett, circa the 1980s, in Baltimore. Shakur and Pinkett Smith attended a performing-arts high school there and remained close friends even as they pursued careers in entertainment.

The All Eyez on Me biopic is official; Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, is attached to the project as executive producer. Bennie Boom is directing the film, and Shakur will be played by newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr.

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Diana Ozemebhoya Eromosele is a staff writer at The Root and the founder and executive producer of Lectures to Beats, a Web series that features video interviews with scarily insightful people. Follow Lectures to Beats on Facebook and Twitter.

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