NWA Biopic Casts Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, And Eazy-E

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Universal has finally found a cast worthy of portraying NWA on the big screen, and it may come as no surprise that every role is essentially being played by an unknown.

Straight Outta Compton has been in development for the last five years, and in that time there have been no less than four different writers attached to the screenplay. Many wondered if the film would ever move forward, but according to a story on Billboard this morning it seems production may not be far away because word has it actors have finally been found to portray younger versions of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and the late Eazy-E.

Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., will play his father. That news is exciting, but considering the fact O’Shea has been rumored for the part for weeks it’s not quite as interesting as the other two absolute newcomers. Marcus Callender, a regular on the New York theater scene, will portray Dre. Eazy-E will be up-and-comer Jason Mitchell.

There is a small chance you may have heard of Callender’s name, but if Mitchell’s casting sticks portraying Eazy-E will be his first big role on the silver screen. Sources close to Billboard claim he nailed his screen test, so it’s entirely possible the production will take a chance on a true cinema freshman.

Production on Straight Outta Compton is expected to move forward soon, but it’s always possible a new development could derail things for many weeks, if not months before being resolved. Cube, Dre and Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Wright have script and cast veto power – so whatever they say goes. We’ll bring you more on the film as soon as additional information becomes available.

James Shotwell

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