Dr. Dre Tweets Out Cast Pic and Release Date for 'Straight Outta Compton' Biopic
Published Jun 18, 2014The long-planned biopic on gangsta rap greats N.W.A. will finally hit screens next summer, according to the official Twitter account of the group's Dr. Dre.
While the rapper/producer doesn't send out the tweets himself, a representative for the artist shot off a quick message earlier today (June 18) that reads "8/14/15 #StraightOuttaCompton."
It also included a picture of cast members posing in costume with Dre and Ice Cube. The front row features Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. dressed up like his father circa 1988, Jason Mitchell (Broken City) as the late Eazy-E and Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre (Iron Man 3). You'll find the photo of the on-screen doppelgängers, director F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job) and the N.W.A. vets up above.
Despite the casting pic, it's yet to be revealed who will play the group's MC Ren and DJ Yella in Straight Outta Compton.
Work on the film began as far back as 2009, with screenwriter Andrea Berloff (World Trade Center) attaching herself to the project in 2010. William Packer is listed as the executive producer, with other producers for the film including Ice Cube, Eazy-E's wife Tomica Woods and Matt Alvarez.
The biopic is set to explore the rise and fall of the '80s hip-hop outfit, once branded the "World's Most Dangerous Group." This could include the creation of their classic 1988 LP Straight Outta Compton; the inter-band friction between Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E; Ice Cube's exit from the group in 1989; their disbandment in 1991 and more. It's unclear if it will also touch upon solo careers or the AIDS-related death of Eazy-E in 1995.