Close to a week after word came through that Ice Cube’s son was to play his father in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, Billboard is reporting that the parts of Dr. Dre and Eazy-E have now been filled. While Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., didn’t really have an acting resume for us to go on, these other actors aren’t exactly well known either.
Dr. Dre is to be played by Marcus Callender, an alumni from New York’s Shakespeare Lab at the Public Theater. Callender beat many actors for the highly coveted role, which even had Fruitvale Station’s Michael B. Jordan being eyed by Dr. Dre. Jordan may very well have taken the role, but he’s taking on a key role in the Fantastic Four reboot at Fox. Callender’s credits including the pilot for Steve Zaillian’s Criminal Justice on HBO, as well as bit parts in the CBS series Blue Bloods and Elementary.
Easy-E will be played by Jason Mitchell, who got the gig thanks to an “out-of-the-park screen test.” Like Billboard states, “if his casting sticks, it will make for a great backstory, given that he is said to have no acting background and works in a kitchen.”
F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Negotiator, The Italian Job, Law Abiding Citizen) is directing the picture, which Ice Cube describes as a “dramatic story that encompasses hip-hop, dope-dealing, Reaganomics, AIDS, LAPD, rap feuds, FBI, PMRC, the Parental Advisory stickers on the records… all of it.”