Watch: N.W.A.’s Rise to Fame in ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Theatrical Trailer
Out August 14, 2015, the film chronicles the rise and fall of the Compton rap group and members Eazy-E (played by Jason Mitchell), Dr. Dre (played by Corey Hawkins), Ice Cube (played by son O’Shea Jackson, Jr.), MC Ren (played by Aldis Hodge) and DJ Yella (played by Neil Brown, Jr.).
“It will be a dramatic story that encompasses hip hop, dope-dealing, Reaganomics, AIDS, LAPD, rap feuds, FBI, PMRC, the Parental Advisory stickers on the records … all of it,” Ice Cube said last year.
The film’s cast is rounded out by Marlon Yates, Jr. (War of the Worlds) as The D.O.C.; Paul Giamatti (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as manager Jerry Heller; Corey Reynolds (The Closer) as DJ Lonzo Williams; Alexandra Shipp (Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B) as Ice Cube’s current wife Kimberly Woodruff; Angela Elayne Gibbs (Black Jesus) as Ice Cube’s mother Doris Jackson, Keith Stanfield (The Purge: Anarchy) as Snoop Dogg; stunt man R. Marcos Taylor (Hostages) as Suge Knight; Sheldon A. Smith as Warren G; and Carra Patterson (Why Did I Get Married Too?) as Eazy’s widow Tomica Woods.
Named after the group’s highly controversial debut studio album (August 8, 1988), Straight Outta Compton was produced by Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Tomica Woods-Wright, and Matt Alvarez for Circle of Confusion, Cube Vision Productions and Legendary Pictures. Universal will distribute for U.S. theaters.
The screenplay is written by Jonathan Herman, Alan Wenkus, S. Leigh Savidge, and Andrea Berloff.
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