The NWA bio-pic has reportedly cast the roles of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E. Universal has decided to forgo the typical route taken by casting big names for such high profiled roles, and have instead decided to cast unknown actors to portray the roles of the rappers.
Straight Outta Compton, which is fitting named after the NWA’s hit 1988 record has been in the midst of development for the past five years and reportedly has had no less than four writers attached to the bio-pic’s screenplay. After all the roadblocks, it was beginning to seem like the film would never get on its feet and make it to the production stage.
Thanks in part to an article published on Billboard, it seems like the time had finally comes for the film to move forward, especially since some key roles for the film have been cast.
After several weeks of speculation, it was confirmed that Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson will play his father’s role in the film. Rounding out the main cast are New York theater actor, Marcus Callender as Dr. Dre, while up and comer, Jason Mitchell will take on the role of Eazy-E.
Billboard claims that Mitchell’s casting comes after an inside source told the publication he “nailed” his screen test.
As for the rest of the film, it has been derailed so many times in the past that, hopefully, it’s a thing of the past and the film can move forward. The small issues that will probably derail it again will do with the actual screen play since Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Wright, have script and cast veto powers.
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