Cast announced for NWA biopic

The long-mooted N.W.A. biopic finally has its leading men.

It’s a newcomer heavy cast: Dr Dre will be played by Marcus Callender (who, his IMDB page suggests, is only a recent émigré from the tele-drama circuit). Eazy-E will be played by fellow tenderfoot Jason Mitchell, and as rumoured, Ice Cube will be played by O’Shea Jackson Jr. – who happens to be Ice Cube’s real-life son.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dre originally wanted Michael B. Jordan – aka hood-rat-with-a-heart Wallace in The Wire – but filming commitments have kept him out of the frame. The film will shoot later this year.

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Update 19/06: Dre has tweeted a photo of the cast (above), with Ice Cube, director F. Gary Gray and Dre standing behind Jackson, Mitchell and Callender.

Ice Cube’s kid is a chip off the block, isn’t he?



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