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'Compton' Tupac Doppelganger Marcc Rose in Line to Play Late Rapper in John Singleton Biopic

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  • Tupac Shakur
    Tupac Shakur
    American rapper (1971–1996)
  • John Singleton
    John Singleton
    American film director, screenwriter, and producer

He’s only in Straight Outta Compton for a split-second, but Hollywood newcomer Marcc Rose has made a huge impression on moviegoers thanks to his uncanny likeness to late rap legend Tupac Shakur. And now it sounds like Rose will have the chance to play the late rap legend for a full movie.

“Me and director John Singleton are trying to brainstorm and form together a proper biopic for him,” Rose, 23, told us when he stopped by Yahoo Studios to promote his role in the N.W.A. story Compton (watch the video above). “Hopefully if everything works out we can make it work.”

In April it was reported that Singleton (Boyz N the Hood, the Pac-starring Poetic Justice) had exited a long-gestating Shakur biopic but was planning to launch a competing project. It appears that project will star Rose, especially after the filmmaker posted an Instagram photo of the two together last month captioned, “Our time will come.”

Rose explained to us today that he was actually originally attached to the first Tupac biopic as well. “When Singleton exited so did I,” he wrote via email. “If the rights to the biopic are returned to Pac’s mom, Afeni Shakur, John Singleton and I will be reassociated with it.”

As you see’ll in our video, Rose had teased the idea that an official announcement of the project would be coming after Compton hit theaters last Friday, but still no word. Holler if you hear it, though.

Straight Outta Compton is now in theaters. Watch us grill Rose to make sure he’s not actually Tupac Shakur: