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‘Straight Outta Compton’ Rounds Out Its N.W.A Cast

By | Tuesday July 29, 2014 @ 11:00am PDT

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Rounds Out Its N.W.A CastUniversal and director F. Gary Gray have found their MC Ren and DJ Yella, adding two more thesps who’ll portray core members of rising 1980s gangsta rap group N.W.A in biopic Straight Outta Compton. Turn‘s Aldis Hodge will play MC Ren aka Lorenzo Jerald Patterson, and The Walking Dead‘s Neil Brown Jr will play DJ Yella aka Antoine Carraby alongside O’Shea Jackson Jr, Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E.

Straight Outta Compton chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of the seminal group, which burst from the streets of Compton, CA, with aggressive beats and tales of hood life. O.G. N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are directly involved as producers, alongside Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer and Gray are exec producing the August 14, 2015, release.

Straight Outta ComptonCube, Dre, and Eazy-E are the pic’s lead characters, but the formative years of N.W.A saw a deep lineup of hip-hop talent joining the group. DJ Yella, a colleague of Dre’s from their early electro DJ days in the World Class Wreckin’ Cru, would become a co-producer on Eazy-E’s solo debut Eazy-Duz-It and co-produced all of N.W.A’s albums including its 1988 debut Straight Outta Compton. MC Ren joined the group in the same year and co-wrote the majority of the first album with Ice Cube. Read More »

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N.W.A Biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Going Straight Into Summer 2015 Fray

By | Wednesday June 18, 2014 @ 11:48am PDT

N.W.A Biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Going Straight Into Summer 2015 FrayAs Universal’s Bourne sequel moves out of its August 2015 slot, the studio’s N.W.A biopic is taking its place in next summer’s schedule. Straight Outta Compton, helmed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job), has locked the lead cast for the origin story of the seminal gangsta rap group that burst out of the streets of Compton, CA, in the mid-1980s to spark a hip-hop revolution with politically charged songs about life in the hood.

Corey Hawkins will play the young future Beats billionaire Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell will play Eazy-E, and O’Shea Jackson Jr will play the young version of his own father, rapper-actor Ice Cube. O.G. N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are producing alongside Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer and Gray are exec producing.

Straight Outta Compton will be released August 14, 2015, going toe-to-toe — no maybe — with Relativity’s untitled Zach Galifianakis/Owen Wilson/Kristen Wiig comedy. Jackson Jr. is repped by Ziffren Brittenham, Hawkins is repped by ICM Partners, and Mitchell is repped by Tosha Mills at Talent Connexion LLC.

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