Ice Cube's son, O'Shea Jackson Jr., will play his father in the upcoming N.W.A. flick 'Straight Outta Compton', it has been announced.
Speculation had been rife for the last few weeks that Jackson was in pole position to play the part of Ice Cube, one third of one of the most influential rap groups of their time. Corey Hawkins has been cast in the Dr. Dre role, while Jason Mitchell will play Eazy E.
The movie will be released by Universal Pictures in August of next year and will be directed by F. Gary Gray, who previously worked with Ice Cube on the film 'Friday'. Dr. Dre and Ice Cube will both serve as producers on the project.
(Front Row L-R: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins)
As per Universal, they describe the forthcoming film as such:
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.
Definitely one for any serious music fan to mark down in their calendar.