Ice Cube premieres new footage from ‘Straight Outta Compton’ at CinemaCon

The NWA biopic is set for release this August

Ice Cube premiered new footage from Straight Outta Compton, the eagerly-anticipated NWA biopic, at CinemaCon earlier this week.

Appearing at the Las Vegas event, the rapper and actor spoke about Universal and its charirwoman Donna Langley, heralding their courage to make the movie, reports Billboard.

“We made it possible for artists to be themselves. That’s why we’re called the world’s most dangerous group,” said Ice Cube at the preview event. Ice Cube and Dr Dre served as producers on the biopic, which has been directed by F Gary Gray, whose previous credits include 2005’s Be Cool and music videos for Jay-Z, TLC and Ice Cube.

Dr Dre and Eazy-E are played by newcomers Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell, while Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr portrays his father. Oscar-nominated actor Paul Giamatti appears in a supporting role as the group’s manager Jerry Heller. Straight Outta Compton is set to open in UK cinemas on August 14.

Ice Cube suggested last year (2014) that an NWA reunion could happen as he and Dr Dre collaborated on the film. Speaking to NME, Ice Cube was asked if making the film might inspire either a studio reunion or even a live comeback.

“I’d say don’t rule anything out,” he replied. “It could happen. Hopefully doing this record project will inspire Dre to make more records again. I think the movie will remind a lot of people the importance of who we were and what we did – including us. We’re here to give the people what they want so who knows what will happen after the movie.”

However, any NWA reunion would take place without the late Eazy-E, who died in 1995.