Movie bosses announce N.W.A. biopic cast

Movie bosses announce N.W.A. biopic cast

'STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON:'O'Shea Jackson, Jr. and Ice Cube at an event last month. O'Shea Jackson, Jr. will play his father in the N.W.A. biopic. Photo: Associated Press

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, but on Wednesday, 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 theaters next August.

Recent Headlines

in National

Consumers, retailers face off over deep holiday discounts


Polls show shoppers, who got even bigger discounts closer to Christmas last year, are cautious with their spending and willing to wait for deals.

in Sports

Referees struggle with respect amid growing hostility


The founder of the National Association of Sports Officials is worried that recent violence against referees is hurting efforts to retain officials around the country.

in Black Friday, Lifestyle

Three ways to curb holiday spending


Ah, the holidays. A time to get together, celebrate with family and make questionable life choices.

in Black Friday, National

History of the holiday: Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving celebrations date back to the first European settlements in America, but it wasn't until the 1860s that it was declared a national holiday.

in Black Friday, National

WATCH: How holiday shopping can help charities


In the frenzy of holiday shopping, consumers are doing more than getting great deals, they’re also using coupons to help raise money for a number of worthy causes.