Rap mogul Dr. Dre halted plans for his son to portray him on the big screen in N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton over fears he didn't have enough acting experience. F. Gary Gray will direct the film about the rise of the California rap group, which included Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella, and their split in 1991.
The cast was announced last week (ends22Jun14) and includes O'Shea Jackson, Jr., playing his father Ice Cube, and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E.
Newcomer Marcus Callender landed the role of Dre, but the hip-hop veteran's aspiring actor/rapper son Curtis Young reveals he auditioned for the role first.
He says, "I actually tried out for the role, 'cause the casting company called me. But my father wanted somebody with more acting experience, and I haven't been acting for a long time, so I'm happy for the guy that got the role. It's one of those things where we want what's best for the movie and for the film. I had a lot of fans that were upset about it, but whatever's best for the film."
The biopic is set for release in 2015
Bosses at Universal movie studios have confirmed Corey Hawkins, O'shea Jackson, Jr. and Jason Mitchell will lead the cast of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton.
Reports suggesting newcomer Marcus Callender had been cast as rapper Dr. Dre in the film surfaced earlier this week (begs16Jun14), but on Wednesday (18Jun14), movie executives revealed Non-Stop star Hawkins would take on the role.
As previously reported, Mitchell and Ice Cube's son Jackson, Jr. will portray the late Eazy-E and Ice Cube, respectively. F. Gary Gray will direct the film about the Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991.
The movie is scheduled to hit theatres in August, 2015.
Newcomers Marcus Callender and Jason Mitchell have reportedly been cast to play Dr. Dre and Eazy-E in the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. The project has been in the works for several years, but director F. Gary Gray is now ready to move forward with the film and has cast Callender and Mitchell to round out the lead roles, according to Billboard.com.
Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. has reportedly been tapped to play a younger version of his father in the film, which is scheduled to begin principal photography in August (14).
Straight Outta Compton tells the story of Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991.
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Rapper Ice Cube's actor son O'shea Jackson Jr. has reportedly been cast to play his famous father in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, Straight Outta Compton.
The hip-hop star's legendary rap group is getting the big screen treatment in a film named after the rappers' 1988 debut album, and Ice Cube has previously championed his 22-year-old son for the lead role. Now, multiple sources tell TheWrap.com that his campaigning has finally paid off, and Jackson has reportedly been offered the part.
Universal Studios executives have yet to confirm Jackson's casting. Straight Outta Compton tells the story of Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991.
Dr. Dre and Eazy-E's sons are set to embark on a European tour this summer (14) as Sons Of N.w.a. E3, Lil Eazy-E and Curtis Young have launched the group alongside original N.W.A. member DJ Yella and will set out on the Straight Outta Compton tour in July and August (14).
Lil Eazy-E told OCWeekly.com in 2013, "The talent is in our blood and it is our birthright. We are very happy and excited that we have this capability to continue what our fathers imprinted the game with."
N.W.A., which consisted of members Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube and MC Ren, rose to fame in the 1980s.
Comedian Capone is set to play former rap mogul Suge Knight in the upcoming N.W.A biopic. Rapper and N.W.A. co-founder Ice Cube recently began casting for Straight Outta Compton and Capone has since revealed he is set to portray the former Death Row Records CEO, according to AllHipHop.com.
The movie, which will be directed F. Gary Gray, will tell the story of Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991.
Other casting details have yet to be released.
Hip-hop icon Ice Cube wants to cast his son to play a younger version of himself in a planned biopic about his legendary rap group N.W.A.. Straight Outta Compton, named after the rappers' 1988 debut album, is due to begin casting in the coming weeks, but the musician-turned-actor already has an idea about who he would love to portray him onscreen.
He says, "In a perfect world, I would want my son to play me, because I think he looks like me, he got it (sic)... He's 22..."
Ice Cube also tells U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams that he is hoping everything will be in place to begin filming in early 2015.
He says, "I'm producing. Me, Dr. Dre, all the people that was around... Eazy's estate is involved. Everybody's involved to make this movie that people have been waiting to see.
"This time next year (we will begin shooting), hopefully, something like that."
F. Gary Gray has been appointed to direct, while new screenwriter Jonathan Herman was recently hired to rework the movie, which will tell the story of Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991.
A planned movie biopic about legendary rap group N.W.A. is finally moving forward after landing a new screenwriter for the project. The film Straight Outta Compton, named after the hip-hop stars' 1988 debut album, has been in production at New Line Cinema since 2009, but the project is reportedly in the process of being acquired by bosses at Universal Studios and they have hired new writer, Jonathan Herman, to rework the script. A previous draft had been penned by Andrew Berloff.
F. Gary Gray is still onboard to direct the movie, which will tell the story of Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991.
Ice Cube is set to co-produce the biopic.
Casting is currently underway.
S4E8: Just in time for Halloween, Ren and Stimpy’s Bloody Head Fairy comes to Charming, California along with South Park Tenorman-flavored chili. Odd pop culture references aside, this week’s Sons of Anarchy featured the usual ultra-violent shock and awe that the series is known for as the seeds of all out war between clubs, cartels, and Charming heats up.
“Eventually we’ll be less desperate, make smarter choices.” – Jax
Poor guy can’t even kill himself right. This week’s show picks up right where last week’s ended: with Juice trying to off himself. Luckily (or unluckily, if you’re Juice), the branch of the tree he hung himself from snapped, leaving him and his guilt alive for another day. Chibs and Tig arrive at the warehouse to bring Juice back to the clubhouse for the big vote.
Jax and Opie discuss the impending vote for new leadership. While Opie believes Bobby is a better choice for the long term, Jax is still siding with Clay, convinced that while their deal with the Gallindo cartel is dirty, the money from it can make the club whole. Clay and Tig both vote nay on the deal but the vote is forced off the table for the time being when Lobo cartel members do a drive-by and shoot up Teller–Morrow. The Sons are able to grab one of the shooters as they try to escape. Even worse news for the Sons: they’re carrying a bag of severed heads, one of them being the president of SAMTAZ, Armando. Thanks to Happy busting up the Lobos member from the drive-by, and some Sodium Pentothal (courtesy of Luis Torres), Romero’s right hand man, The Sons and the Mayans learn that one of the Mayans has been leaking information about both clubs to the Lobo cartel. Jax formulates a plan: leave the Mayan rat alive, leak some false information in order to draw the Lobo cartel out and have Torres and his men take them out. Unfortunately for the club, Torres needs the Sons to be an infantry unit in case things go south. Bobby can’t believe it, but agrees with Clay that they need to be united on this or else they’ll wind up dead. Luckily the infantry is safe and sound because even though Pedro was never out of Alvarez’s sight, the Lobos must have known something was going down because they drive a truck to the warehouse with the bodies of the severed heads.
“Why do I believe him when he say’s it’ll get better?” – Tara
Since the early days of the show, Gemma and Tara have had all kinds of discussions about family and what their roles are as old ladies, with Gemma always convincing Tara to stand by her man and their family. Tara’s faith in Jax’s ability to keep his family safe is gone and Tara tells Jax that she’s leaving with the kids. Jax agrees, knowing that club is in over its head. It’s good to see Jax is being smart here and not only is he not fighting Tara about getting out of Charming, he agrees and supports the decision.
“Charming needs a hero, Elliot.” – Clay
Despite the madness going on the drug war, the city of Charming has its own problems, and Roosevelt’s wife has orchestrated a fundraiser to preserve Charming Central Gardens instead of Mayor Hale’s vision for Charming Heights. Clay and the Sons are on board with stopping Hale, because a bigger city is bad for business. Clay makes an impassioned speech and gives 75K to the cause, he also presents a check for the same amount from Elliot Oswald; the man who he believes should be the mayor of Charming. I’m sure Sheriff Roosevelt is none too pleased with the illegal half of the donation to his wife.
“That bag of your heads is a get out of drugs free card.” – Piney
Jax heads up to the cabin to speak with Piney about his conflict with Clay. Piney tells Jax about how for ten years he gave up the club and the ideals of John Teller until Jax came in. No matter how much damage John did to his immediate family, the club can still be saved. But the prince of the club disagrees whole-heartedly, stating that the idea that he can change anything is arrogant and that what he’s doing now is for his family. Piney still can’t believe how much like his father Jax is and asks of the vice president to remind himself of the great man JT was before he forgets. The old, cranky club member has always tried to steer Jax toward the path John wanted, or at the very least away from the path that Clay has led the club on. I’m not sure how much more biker Yoda can do except reveal the unread batch of letters from John to Maureen and the fact the Clay killed JT – which he is still threatening Clay with on the condition that he pulls the club out of the drug game.
Clay also stops by Piney’s cabin. Piney is smart and makes the pres give up his weapons before entering. Still thinking he has Clay dead to rights thanks to the letters, Piney maintains his position and demands that Clay cut ties with the cartel to which Clay calmly agrees and walks away, only to quickly return, smashing the door into Piney and then scouring the cabin for the letters which Piney declared weren’t there. Clay realizes that Tara still has them. Piney tries to play dumb and begs Clay to leave the doc out of this. “Too late,” would be the last words Piney would ever hear as Clay shoots him point-blank with a shotgun in one of the series’ most shocking deaths ever.
We all knew someone as old as Piney just wasn’t fit for this world, but Clay offing him really does showcase that any given week, any character can join the big biker club in the sky. Sons’ dark humor also popped up this week in the form of severed head flavored chili. Just like many a great week for the Sons, some of the last week’s biggest storylines got put on the back burner, but occasionally crept up, like Juice’s issues which weren’t mentioned at all, however Theo Rossi’s acting conveyed the growing guilt and nervousness in Juice’s head. Chibs did find his MC brethren cleaning up the chain that he tried to use to hang himself and the Irish MC member took the suicide attempt as Juice feeling guilty over having to kill people. It’s only a matter of time before Juice tells everything to Chibs, which will in turn give him a hard decision to make; keep his friend’s secret or off him with a good ol’ Glasgow Smile and a knife to the chest to match?
July 1984 was an important time in the lives of Dre (Taye Diggs) and Sidney (Sanaa Lathan): That summer they met on a street corner in New York City and fell in love--with hip-hop music. Fifteen years later Dre is a successful music executive for Millennium Records while Sidney is an esteemed music writer for XXL. Although both are involved in relationships with different people they have a tendency to turn to one another when the chips are down. So when Millennium enters a recording deal with a gimmicky rap duo called Ren and Ten but refuses to sign Chris (Mos Def) a talented MC Dre becomes more disillusioned with his career and turns to Sidney rather than his wife Reese (Nicole Ari Parker) for support. "I'm tired of making bullshit and calling it hip-hop " he tells Sidney before announcing his decision to start his own label Brown Sugar. But it's not long before Dre and Sidney's significant others become threatened by their friendship and everything comes to a head. You may be pleasantly surprised that although a love story is at the heart of Brown Sugar the film is never sappy or sentimental.
Diggs is well cast as Dre; it's nice to see his character evolve and ultimately figure out what is important to him. Lathan's character Sidney on the other hand is a mystery. We know what she does for a living and the logistics of how she got there but we don't know anything else about her. The sparks weren't exactly flying between Diggs and Lathan either and while the events that shaped the characters' lives and relationship are well documented their emotional connection goes largely unexplained. As for the supporting cast Mos Def as the budding entertainer Chris who's a cab driver by day probably conveyed the most realistic and down-to-earth character. I was surprised to find out he wasn't actually an MC it came so naturally to him. His friendship with Dre was probably one of the most endearing in the film. Queen Latifah has a small role as Sidney's tell-it-like-it-is cousin but she doesn't get much opportunity to expand her character.
Don't be put off by the trailer for Brown Sugar which markets the film as belonging to the Two Can Play That Game-genre--so much so that I actually thought I was at the wrong screening when I saw it. The film starts off with nice black-and-white documentary-type footage of well-known hip-hop personalities including Big Daddy Kane Russell Simmons and Jermaine Dupri describing the moment they fell in love with hip-hop. The interviews are part of a book that Sidney is working on and she narrates exerpts from it to underline developments in her relationship with Dre. In his directorial debut Rick Famuyiwa who also co-wrote the project with Michael Elliot uses some interesting techniques including 3/4 split screens and freeze-frames. Some long scenes have also been edited in a jagged style but the camerawork is never overdone.