Dr. Dre Confirms Release Date N.W.A. Biopic
Dr. Dre has officially confirmed the cast and theatrical release date of the upcoming forthcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton director by F. Gary Gray.
CelebNMusic247.com got the official word from Dr. Dre took to his twitter account and F Gary Gray posted the photo above on Instagram to reveal the release date of Straight Outta Comptom, which will hit theaters next year on August 14th, 2015. That date is release date for the film, according to a press release from Universal Pictures, which is releasing the movie.
The trio is joined in the photo by Marcus Callendar, O’Shea Jackson Jr. and Jason Mitchell, who are slated to portray Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and Eazy-E, respectively, in the forthcoming film.
In February, Cube spoke with The Guardian and confirmed rumors that he wanted his son, O’Shea, to play him in the movie.
Ice Cube said at the time:
“Yes. I’ve been trying to get that pushed along.
“Just wanna make sure that he’s the best man for the job.”
In additional News, Ice Cube will be portrayed by his son in the biopic which we think is awesome. However, Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Wright has final apporval on who plays which part in the film for the two key parts. Cube, Dre, according to THR.
-Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., will as mentioned be the teenage version of his own father.
–Marcus Callender will play Dr. Dre. He has worked in New York’s Shakespeare Lab at the Public Theater and did roles in the HBO pilot Criminal Justice, as well as on Blue Bloods and Elementary. He got the job over quite a few more established talents. (Michael B. Jordan was reportedly a favorite, but couldn’t make the schedule work.)
–Jason Mitchell from New Orleans will play Eazy-E reportedly thanks to “an out-of-the-park screen test.”
The most interesting bit in the THR piece might be that the producers have already shot at least one sequence, in order to qualify for a California tax credit which expires soon. That means the film is happening, from a business perspective, and that kicked casting into gear.
- N.W.A. Biopic Gets Its Ice Cube – And It’s His Son (wpgc.cbslocal.com)
- Actors To Play Dr. Dre, Eazy E and Ice Cube In NWA Movie Are Revealed (PICS) (allhiphop.com)
- N.W.A. biopic casts Ice Cube, Eazy E, and Dre (digitaltrends.com)
- ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Casts Dr. Dre and Eazy-E (slashfilm.com)
- N.W.A. Biopic Gets Its Ice Cube – And It’s His Son (radio.com)