Lauren Cohan’s a West Coast kinda gal, OKRRR.
The Walking Dead star – who will be toplining The Boy next week (oops...that sounded dirty) – has signed on to co-star in the Tupac Shakur biopic, All Eyez on Me, playing Leila Steiberg, a key mentor-figure in the late rapper’s late-teen years. (Shakur would later coach her in the art of being a badass business manager, and she still mentors kids today, though the nonprofit Aim4TheHeart.org.)
Newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. will portray Shakur, while Kat Graham (TV’s The Vampire Diaries) has been tapped to portray Jada Pinkett (then-not Smith), a close friend of Shakur from when they both attended a performing-arts high school in Baltimore.
Cohan will share the silver screen with her Walking Dead colleague, Danai Gurira, who has landed the plum part of Afeni Shakur, the rapper’s mom.