Jason Mitchell cast as Eazy-E for N.W.A film

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Jason Mitchell cast as Eazy-E for N.W.A film
Posted by Wilson Morales

June 16, 2014

Source: THR, Billboard


With the casting of Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr. to play the rapper in the N.W.A biopic, ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Universal Pictures have selected two unknowns for the roles of Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E.

Jason Mitchell 2The Hollywood Reporter states that Jason Mitchell, according to insiders, landed the film’s lead role of Eazy-E after an out-of-the-park screen test. The New Orleans-based actor, who is repped by Talent Connexion, has has supporting roles in Broken City and Contraband.

Written by Jonathan Herman, the film is being described as a comprehensive “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.”
As wikipedia states, “N.W.A (an abbreviation of Niggaz Wit Attitudes) was an American hip hop group from Compton, California, widely considered one of the seminal acts of the gangsta rap and west coast hip hop sub-genres, sometimes credited as the most important group in the history of rap music. Active from 1986 to 1991, the rap group endured controversy due to the explicit lyrics that many considered to be disrespectful to women, and glorifying drugs and crime. The group was subsequently banned from many mainstream American radio stations. In spite of this, the group has sold over 10 million units in the United States alone.

The original lineup consisted of Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube. MC Ren joined in 1988, with Arabian Prince leaving the group later that same year.”

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The casting of the film has been followed breathlessly for some time, ever since the studio first announced plans to bring the gangsta rap pioneers to the big screen. Despite scripts by Alan Wenkus, S. Leigh Savidge and Andrea Berloff, the project languished for years. But in 2012, F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job) became attached to the project, reviving its prospects. And in late 2013, Jonathan Herman did a major script overhaul, which got the studio excited. Then, in the spring, Universal shot a sequence in Los Angeles in order to qualify for California’s film tax credit, which is set to expire. With the film technically underway, Universal had to find its cast. Sources say Wright was the final holdout, but she has finally given her stamp of approval, paving the way for principal photography to begin in less than two months.

UPDATE as of June 17: Apparently Callender is NOT in the film as Universal Pictures announced it will release STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON on Friday, August 14, 2015. The film stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E. Click here for article.

Clip – Dr. Dre Tells His Mother He Knows What He Wants To Do

Clip – Dr. Dre helps Easy-E

Clip – NWA Answers Questions At A Press Conference

Clip – LAPD

Clip – N.W.A. finishes SOC in Studio

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