Get ready to see N.W.A together again — sort of.
Like a great hip-hop puzzle, the pieces are finally coming together for the Ice Cube-produced N.W.A biopic. The rapper-turned-actor recently told MTV News that casting on “Straight Outta Compton” was set to begin January 8, and while we might not be getting a producer credit on the pic, we do have a few suggestions. You’re welcome, guys.
Director F. Gary Grey is set to take the helm on the project, which has been in development for several years now. Cube tells MTV News that the filmmakers “just now got all the rights” and the Jonathan Herman-penned script is being “fine-tuned.”
“We’re trying to tell aspects of our lives that people don’t know about, people aren’t privy to,” he said. “The neighborhood influenced NWA and then NWA influenced the neighborhood. That’s what we’re trying to portray.”
Dr. Dre and Eazy-E’s widow, Tomica Woods, are also on board as producers of the film. Will Packer, whose previous credits include “Ride Along, “Think Like a Man” and “Obsessed,” will executive produce.
While we could be seeing some fresh faces when “Straight Outta Compton” eventually hits theaters, there are a few familiar ones that we think would be perfect to play the west coast rappers.
Nepotism could reign supreme on this one. It has been widely rumored that Cube’s son, rapper O’Shea Jackson II, will play daddy dearest in the film. Cube added fuel to the fire in a 2012 interview with The Boombox when he said, “I want my son to play me. I’ma give him a shot, see what he can do.”
Cube Jr. may just be a perfect fit, but if he doesn’t work out, we’d love to see Kyle Massey trade in his megawatt grin for Cube’s signature scowl. The Disney alum may be an unconventional choice, but he’s got the face for it. Frankly, we’re really just hoping to hear the squeaky clean 22-year-old drop a few F-bombs.
If Michael B. Jordan has proved anything since his TV days, with memorable roles in “The Wire,” “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood,” it’s that the guy’s got range. After a critically acclaimed turn in “Fruitvale Station” last year, Jordan will next star opposite Zac Efron in a rom-com for those Y-chromosomes, “That Awkward Moment,” in early 2014. We have no doubt that the 22-year-old could disappear in any role that came his way, and we’d love to see his take on the young doctor who would go on to create a veritable hip-hop empire.
A$AP Rocky knows his way around a microphone, but can he act? We think the 25-year-old rapper would be a perfect fit to play the late Eazy-E (that smirk… hello!) even without an acting credit to his name. But much like Ice Cube, there have been rumors that Eazy-E’s son, the aptly named Lil’ Eazy-E, could take a step into his dad’s shoes for the part.
A frequent collaborator with EP Packer, Michael Ealy seems a natural fit for the role of DJ Yella. Given the amount of time that Yella and Dre spent together producing for the World Class Wreckin’ Crew, the D.O.C. and N.W.A., we figure there will be a lot of one-on-one time between the two characters. If we get our wish and Michael B. Jordan does indeed get the Dre role, that mean he and Ealy can make some unforgettable scenes playing off of each other.
Chadwick Boseman may not be available (the “42” actor is currently shooting Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” playing funk legend himself), but we’d love to watch him take on The Villain in Black. The actor is no stranger to biopics, obviously, and when he’s not flashing those pearly whites, he’s got that stoic stare down to a T.
We can’t deny the resemblance between Rick Gonzalez and Arabian Prince, but it doesn’t hurt that the “Coach Carter” and “Reaper” alum already has hip-hop running through his veins. After years of struggling to come up in the music industry, the actor just last year signed a deal with Prodigy’s Infamous Records.
We have no idea whether young Snoop’s collaborations with Dre will feature in the film, but if we are graced with the Dogg’s presence, Nipsey Hussle is undoubtedly the man to bring it. Done and done.
The key to casting this ex-NFL player is not necessarily the acting chops, but the size. Take, for example, New England Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork. The 32-year-old is large — 6’2 and 325 pounds — with a bald head and an impressive beard. Need we say more?
A brilliant businessman, loved and hated at various points in his career, Sir Ian McKellen has the chops and the believability to bring Jerry Heller to the silver screen. (Though he may not be able to relate to the “hated” part of our sentiment.) McKellen and Heller may only be one year apart in age, but hey, that’s what they pay the makeup team for.
Mixing business with pleasure? No problem for “Love & Hip-Hop” star Amina Buddafly, whom we’d like to picture playing Eazy-E’s R&B artist (and Dre’s baby mama) Michel’le. Plus, with Michel’le currently starring on “R&B Divas: Los Angeles,” the ladies have reality TV drama to bond over.