Tupac Shakur Hologram Could Go on Tour After Coachella Success

Entertainment Apr. 17, 2012 AT 12:45PM
Tupac Shakur Hologram Could Go on Tour After Coachella Success Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

It's a hit!

A hologram image of deceased rapper Tupac Shakur "performed" at Sunday's Coachella music festival in Indio, Calif. and fans couldn't get enough.

Tupac was shot and killed more than 15 years ago at the young age of 25, but was virtually brought back to life by Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre for a Sunday, April 15 performance at Coachella.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, the positive response from fans could help bring a virtual Tupac tour to reality in the future.

Digital Domain Media Group Inc. is responsible for creating the "Tupac hologram," which isn't technically a hologram, because it's a two-dimensional image.

"To create a completely synthetic human being is the most complicated thing that can be done," Ed Ulbrich, Digital Doman's chief creative officer told WSJ Monday.

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At Coachella, the virtual Tupac performed his hits "Hail Mary" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted."

"This is not found footage. This is not archival footage," Ulbrich explained. "This is an illusion." In fact, Dre met with Digital Domain a year ago and pitched the idea. Four months ago they began work on creating the virtual Tupac for Coachella.

"This is just the beginning," Ulbrich added. "Dre has a massive vision for this."

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