Ice Cube’s son will play the iconic rapper in Universal Studios film about the group N.W.A., titled “Straight Outta Compton.”
Producer Ice Cube and director F. Gary Gray cast O’Shea Jackson Jr. to play a young Cube in the film, according to TheWrap.
Gray (“The Italian Job”) is working from a script by Jonathan Herman, which Ice Cube described as 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 in February he wanted his son to play him, telling The Guardian, “I’ve been trying to get that pushed along.”
Cube still auditioned multiple candidates, from rappers to professional actors. Several sources reportedly said the rapper and actor convinced Universal executives that, despite his lack of acting experience, O’Shea Jr. could handle the job.
Eazy-E’s son has also lobbied for a role, but TheWrap reported an unknown actor will likely get the part, and that Universal could announce the main cast before week’s end.
Ice Cube is producing the movie with Dr. Dre and Easy-E’s widow, Tomica Woods-Wright. The trio has casting approval.
While it was recently reported that O’Shea Jackson Jr. would be playing Ice Cube (who happens to be his father) in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, fans have been left guessing at who will fill the roles of the other members of the iconic group.
Today, more cast members have been revealed, with Marcus Callendar set to play Dr. Dre, and Jason Mitchell to take on the role of Eazy-E.
Dre’s original choice for his younger self was Micheal B Jordan (known for his role of Wallace in The Wire), but the actor was already locked into the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.
While Jackson and Callendar are relative newcomers to the world of film, Mitchell has previously appeared in four movies, including 2012’s Contraband with Mark Wahlberg.
Still no word on who’ll be playing MC Ren. We’ll keep you updated on any more casting choices.
Check out photos of the actors in the gallery above.[via]