June 19, 2014
First Look: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Cast Revealed
Director F. Gary Gray has been tirelessly working on bringing the story of notorious rap group N.W.A. to the big screen.
Titled “Straight Outta Compton,” Universal has finally shipped out the first official image of the film’s cast. While the full list has yet to be revealed, the initial listing finds Jason Mitchell playing Eric “Eazy-E” Wright, Corey Hawkins as Andre “Dr. Dre” Young, and O’Shea Jackson Jr. portraying his pops O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson.
Universal Pictures is describing the movie as a “meteoric rise and fall” look at N.W.A. The film will tell the astonishing story of how these West Coast rap youngsters changed the sound and temperature of hip-hop and pop culture from the moment they opened their mouths and rapped about life straight out of Compton, California.
Eazy-E’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright is producing alongside Ice Cube and Dr. Dre. According to Cube, filming will begin in July after spending the past six months casting. “We’re telling the story from the inception of N.W.A. to the death of Eazy-E and that’s the story,” he says.
“Straight Outta Compton” will hit theaters on August 14, 2015.
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