Rapper/actor Jamal Woolard gained 50 pounds (22.7 kilograms) to portray the late hip-hop star, real name Christopher Wallace, in Notorius, and producers of Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me have now reportedly asked him to play the music legend once again.

Newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr., who plays Shakur, posted a picture on Instagram.com showing himself and Woolard posing outside their trailers near the movie set.

R&B star Keyshia Cole will make her acting debut in the biopic, and CSI: NY actor Hill Harper is also part of the cast.

The project began filming this month (Dec15) after many years of development delays.

Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. were both killed in drive-by shootings in the mid-1990s