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Taking Tupac hologram on tour?

A holographic image of Tupac Shakur is seen

A holographic image of Tupac Shakur is seen performing during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif., on April 15, 2012. Photo Credit: Getty Images

The hologram of Tupac Shakur that made an appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Sunday may be headed on tour with Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg, The Wall Street Journal reports.

An eerie, lifelike and shirtless image of Shakur seemed to perform on stage with the two rappers during the music fest, sending Tupac fans into overdrive.

Videos of the show have since been circulating among fans of the famed rapper, who died more than 15 years ago. And buzz about the performance hasn't stopped at the videos -- the virtual creation now has its own Twitter account, @HologramTupac, with more than 20,000 followers. reported that Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg are in talks to bring the virtual Tupac, created by Digital Domain Media Group Inc., on tour with them.

"This is just the beginning," Ed Ulbrich, their chief creative officer, told "Dre has a massive vision for this."

Dr. Dre's production team first approached Digital Domain a year ago about creating a virtual Tupac. The team started focusing on the Coachella performance around four months ago.

Digital Domain is the visual effects house co-founded by James Cameron and has developed cutting-edge effects in many movies including "Titanic," "Tron: Legacy," the "Transformers" series, "Real Steel" and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button."

For Coachella, Digital Domain engineered the virtual rapper to perform his 1996 song "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" and his final single, "Hail Mary."

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Though many fans originally thought the hologram was three dimensional, E! News shot down the rumor, explaining that the image of Shakur was 2-D and used angled reflectors to create the illusion of a 3-D image.

Reps for Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg have declined to comment.


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