Keith Stanfield Straight Outta Compton

Casting for any sort of musical movie can be tricky, since great actors don’t necessarily make for great musicians and vice versa. But the filmmakers behind the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton seem to have lucked out with Keith Stanfield.

The 23-year-old actor and rapper, who broke our hearts with his big musical moment in Short Term 12, is set to play a young Snoop Dogg in the upcoming film. Hit the jump for all the latest updates on Straight Outta Compton.

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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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NWA

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 »

ice cube son

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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NWA

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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