Ice Cube described the script by Jonathan Herman as such:
"[It's 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."
Back in February, Ice Cube was said to be pushing hard to get his son cast in one of the four lead roles. He stated:
"I've been trying to get that pushed along. Just wanna make sure that he's the best man for the job."
O'Shea Jackson Jr. still had to audition against a number of potential candidates before winning the job, which including going up against some well-known rappers and actors. Ice Cube was eventually able to convince Universal executives that, despite his lack of acting experience, O'Shea, who is a dead ringer for his father, is the right person for the job, and that he could handle the pressure of starring in a high profile project.
Eazy-E's son has also been campaigning hard to win the role of his father in the movie, but sources close to the project claim another, more well known actor has already been targeted for the role. A full cast announcement is expected before the end of the week, which will mark the end of a very long actor search on Straight Outta Compton, which held open casting calls in Gardena, California this past March.
Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the widow of Eazy-E all have casting approval. Its not yet clear if Straight Outta Compton has gotten a greenlight at Universal. F. Gary Gray has already shot an end-credits sequence for the movie that includes Ice Cube and Dr. Dre discussing the legacy of N.W.A.
The notorious rap group was formed in Compton in the early 80s, and also included founding members DJ Yella and Arabian Prince, the later of which left the group in 1988 when MC Ren joined on. The group was active from 1986 until 1991, during which time they sparked a nationwide controversy for their explicit lyrics. The rappers were subsequently banned from all mainstream radio stations in the U.S. That didn't stop them from selling more than 10 million records, and they are now considered one of the top 100 bands of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.
Straight Outta Compton was originally set up at New Line before Universal Pictures grabbed the rights out of turnaround. The film is expected to have a budget of $25 million.