By Matthew McKibben | June 18, 2014
When you read as many movie themed blogs as I do, you often hear that a movie is getting made, get really excited about it, see that it’s coming out a long time from now, and then forget all about it. Then, as that movie starts shooting and promotional items are released, that movie gets thrust back into your consciousness and you get excited all over again. Today is one of those days as Universal Pictures announced the August 14, 2014 release date for Straight Outta Compton along with a photo of director F. Gary Gray (Friday, The Italian Job) and cast members Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E) and O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube) with two of the original N.W.A. members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube. It’s gotta be a trip for O’Shea Jackson Jr. to play his father Ice Cube. Has that ever happened before?
Biopics don’t typically do much for me. They’re more often than not too broad and too bland, but it’s hard to think of a band more primed for a 2 hour movie than N.W.A, a group that had a meteoric rise and fall, changing the rap genre along the way. They not only changed the landscape of rap and pop culture, but they also became intensely hot political lightning rods as they rapped about everything from police brutality, inner city violence, to drugs… often within the same song. F. Gary Gray can be hit and miss, but I’ve heard that this is kind of a passion project of his. Can’t wait to see what’s in store.
Straight Outta Compton expresses itself on August 14th, 2015, is directed by F. Gary Gray, and stars Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, and O’Shea Jackson Jr.