Universal Pictures announces the cast and filmmakers of Straight Outta Compton (clockwise, from top left): producer Ice Cube, director F. Gary Gray, producer Dr. Dre, actor Corey Hawkins (as Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (as Eazy-E) and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (as Ice Cube).
Damn, that photo is dope.
Universal Pictures released the first cast photo from the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, “Straight Outta Compton.”
The picture gives the first look at actors Corey Hawkins (“Non-Stop”) as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell (“Contraband”) as the late Eazy-E and O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube.
Jackson certainly looks the part: he’s the real-life son of the rapper he portrays.
His dad, Ice Cube, born O’Shea Jackson, and fellow N.W.A. co-founder Dr. Dre are on board the project as producers.
Dr. Dre originally wanted Michael B. Jordan (“Fruitvale Station”) to play him in themovie, according to the Hollywood Reporter. But the actor is busy with his turn as the Human Torch in the “Fantastic Four” reboot.
Universal is so high on “Straight Outta Compton” that the studio is releasing the film Aug. 14, 2015 — a date originally earmarked for Jeremy Renner’s next installment in the Bourne franchise.
That movie was bumped to July 15, 2016.
Directed by F. Gary Gary (“The Italian Job,” “Friday”), the biopic will trace the rise of the gangta rap legends from the mean streets of the titular Los Angeles-area neighborhood.
While Ice Cube and Dr. Dre have since moved to the mainstream, N.W.A. redefined hip hop while alienating critics with songs like “F— Tha Police” over the group’s run from 1986 to 1991.
“It will be a dramatic story that encompasses hip hop, dope-dealing, Reaganomics,AIDS, LAPD, rap feuds, FBI, PMRC, the Parental Advisory stickers on the records … all of it,” Ice Cube told London’s The Guardian in February.
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