Ice Cube Casts His Son to Play Himself in 'Straight Outta Compton'
Back in 2012, Universal landed The Italian Job director F. Gary Gray to helm Straight Outta Compton, the developing film about the infamous rap group NWA. The film is being produced by one of the group's own, rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube, and he's keeping one of the lead roles in the family. After some convincing, The Wrap reports Ice Cube has officially cast his own son O'Shea Jackson Jr. to play himself in the film that the rapper has described as a "“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.”
Ice Cube had to do a lot of convincing with Universal executives though, and he still auditioned multiple other actors that included a mix of rappers and actors. But in the end, Jackson proved that he could take on the role and do it justice just as well as any other actor. The son of rapper Eazy-E has also been trying to land a role, likely the younger version of his father, but it sounds like an unknown actor will get that role instead. That just goes to show you that Ice Cube and producers Dr. Dre and Tomica Woods-Wright (Eazy-E's widow) really are finding the best talent possible to bring the film to life. Expect more soon.