In development since 2009, Straight Outta Compton originally had Cube's Boyz N The Hood (1991) director John Singleton attached for a while, but finally reaches the screen courtesy of Gray. The film follows the thrilling but controversial rise of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, DJ Yella and Eazy-E, kicking off the West Coast hip-hop scene and selling nine million records before predictably imploding.
Cube had an acrimonious split from the group before pursuing his solo career, but later reconciled with his former bandmates following Eazy's death. Cube and Dre have overseen the film project together, with input from the other surviving members, so it should hopefully prove more even-handed than if Cube had potentially gone it alone.
Corey Hawkins (Non-Stop) plays Dre, with Neil Brown Jr. (Fast & Furious) as Yella, Aldis Hodge (Leverage) as Ren, Jason Mitchell (Contraband) as Eazy and a certain O'Shea Jackson Jr. as Cube. Jackson is indeed the real life son of Cube, which sounds like nepotism until you see how uncannily perfect he is in the role of his father as a teenager with a little bit of gold and a pager.
Keith Stanfeld (The Purge: Anarchy) will show up as Snoop Dogg, with R. Marcus Taylor (Dead Man Down) as Suge Knight and Rogelio Douglas Jr. (Whiplash) as Public Enemy's Chuck D, and Paul Giamatti (Sideways) playing Jerry Heller, N.W.A's visionary manager.
Straight Outta Compton will be assaulting cinemas from 14 August.