The Universal Pictures project is directed by F. Gary Gray, with O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, respectively. Meanwhile, Aldis Hodge plays MC Ren, and Neil Brown Jr. is DJ Yella in the N.W.A biopic titled “Straight Outta Compton.”
Carra Patterson and Paul Giamatti are also in the cast, playing Tomica Woods, Eazy-E’s widow (who inherited his share of N.W.A. song rights, and is also a producer on the film), and Jerry Heller, manager of the group.
Keith Stanfield plays Snoop Dogg.
The upcoming film, which follows the group as they emerge from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s, to go onto revolutionize pop culture with their music, is set for a release in August, 14 2015.
Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film, alongside Gray.
As you’d probably expect, a film like this will come with a thumping soundtrack of its own – and not just music created by the group from the period during which the film takes place, but some fresh, original music produced just for its soundtrack. That’s where Dr. Dre steps in.
It’s been many years (over a decade) since his last studio album, and, as Gray says below, expect a different, more “mature, deeper” Dre than you’ve heard before.
Here’s the film’s trailer:
And finally, here are character posters: