Dr Dre and Eazy-E will be played by newcomers while Ice Cube’s son will take on the role of his father. O’Shea Jackson Jr, aged 24, will play a teenage version of his father while Dre will be played by Marcus Callender.
Speaking to NME, Ice Cube revealed further details of the “surreal” Straight Outta Compton movie, including filming dates. “We start shooting next week. It’s real exciting – a dream project for me, something very personal, a story I never thought we’d get to tell,” he said. “Dre’s been involved, he’s a producer on it, Yella too and a lot of the secondary NWA members who people maybe wouldn’t know but were crucial in what we were doing. They’ve all had a say. It’s surreal seeing it all coming together.”
The rapper turned comedy actor was then asked if making the film might inspire either a studio reunion or even a live comeback to which he replied, “I’d say don’t rule anything out. 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.”
Any NWA reunion would, of course, happen without the late Eazy-E, who died in 1995. Straight Outta Compton is set for release in 2015.