Paul Giamatti Straight Outta Compton

The members of N.W.AEazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella and MC Ren — did things their way, but still needed some music industry connections to get their songs out to a big audience. The guy they turned to was Jerry Heller, who was best known for living on the opposite end of the pop spectrum, working with bands like Journey, ELO, and REO Speedwagon. The guy had connections and money; Heller and Eazy-E co-founded N.W.A’s label Ruthless Records, and Heller managed the group. Now, Paul Giamatti will play him in the film bio of the group, Straight Outta Compton.

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The casting choices for the three core characters in Universal’s N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton, were just leaked over the past few days – or we thought they had been. Now, Universal has put out an official release for the film, and there’s a key difference. Yes, Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. will play Cube, and Jason Mitchell will play Eazy-E.  Contrary to previous reports, however, Corey Hawkins will be on screen as Dr. Dre. Now Universal has given the film a release date, and released the first Straight Outta Compton cast photo. See that pic below. Read More »

actors playing NWA

Now that the film about the rap group N.W.A, which will be called Straight Outta Compton after the band’s 1988 album, is really moving forward, producers have had to actually find people to play all the group’s principals. Not long ago we heard that Ice Cube was pushing forward his own son to play the key role of Ice Cube. And with that set, choices have also been made with respect to actors who will play Dr. Dre and Eazy-E. Read More »

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Ice Cube is contributing to the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton as a producer, but at 44 he’s obviously too old to play a teenaged version of himself. So director F. Gary Gray has cast the next best thing: Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr.

The young star is the first actor announced for the film, with the other main cast members expected to be announced in the near future. Get the latest details on the project after the jump.

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It’s been a while since we got an update on Straight Outta Compton, the biopic of the iconic rap group N.W.A. But not only is the project still alive, it’s taking a significant step forward.

Jonathan Herman has just been hired to write the project, which still has F. Gary Gray attached to helm. Additionally, the movie has a new studio — Universal is taking over now that New Line’s pulled out. Get the latest dirt on the movie after the jump.

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Briefly: One video game adaptation that keeps restarting from save points is Kane & Lynch, which has had directors and potential cast members come and go over since shortly after the first game’s debut in 2007. The game series features the two title characters, two escaped death row inmates who find that they were broken out of prison only to be coerced into tracking down a giant cache of loot for a big criminal organization. Turns out that recruiting pychopathic, schizophrenic men to do such work isn’t the best idea, and much violence ensues.

Now Gerard Butler is in talks to play Kane, and F. Gary Gray, once set to direct a while back, on board once more to make the movie. To round out the lead duo, producers are hoping to land Vin DieselTHR has the news, saying that an offer is out to Diesel, but even Butler isn’t signed just yet. Butler and Gray have worked together before, on the Gray’s most recent feature Law Abiding Citizen, and the director worked with Diesel on A Man Apart.

 

Update from editor Peter Sciretta: Deadline has learned that F. Gary Gray has withdrawn from consideration and is now in negotiations to instead direct the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton for New Line Cinema. Last week Disney announced a April 4th, 2014 release date for the a sequel.

 

There’s something that really appeals to me about the idea of the Welcome to Collinwood directors taking on the Captain America sequel for Marvel Studios.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. We know that Chris Markus and Stephen McFeely have been writing a sequel to the 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger. But no director has been hired; we didn’t know if Joe Johnston would return, or if Marvel would turn to someone new, and possibly cheaper.

Now there’s a report that the shortlist to direct the new Cap film is down to four people, but two of those four are a package deal: George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job), and Anthony and Joseph Russo, who made Welcome to Collinwood, and are perhaps better known for working as producer/directors on Community. Read More »

How things change in a year. The last time we got an update on The Last Days of American Crime, it was that Law Abiding Citizen director F. Gary Gray had signed on to direct Sam Worthington. Now it seems Gray and Worthington are both out, while commercial and music video director Anthony Mandler has entered talks to make his feature debut on the comic book adaptation. Meanwhile, on the other side of the camera, Noomi Rapace may or may not still be attached to star. More details after the jump.

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