Do you have what it takes to play a teenage Ice Cube or Dr. Dre? F. Gary Gray Opens Casting Call To Find Actors To Play N.W.A
Kyle 2012/06/20 13:24:24
Think you have mad rap skillz? Do you look a little bit like a young
Ice Cube or a teenaged Dr. Dre? Than director F. Gary Gray might be able
to use you for his N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, so het your headshot down to Hollywood, pronto.
Gray Tweeted the casting call for his Compton
picture, seeking young talent (age 18-25) to play the members of the
controversial yet groundbreaking L.A. rap group. Gray apparently is
going with newcomers for the key roles, as the casting sheet says
available parts include Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Yella and MC Ren.
There’s a Gmail address on the sheet for people to send video auditions,
so if you want to be considered, check it out.
Casting unknowns is the only way to go with a Compton movie. No
one in the Hollywood system has what it takes to nail the roles of such
volatile artists as Cube, Dre and Eazy. There was even a rumor at one
point that the sons of the famous rappers would rise up to the challenge
and play their fathers on screen. That could work, though nothing has
come of that rumor to date.
These are career-defining roles for a young talent, though, and Gray’s
making a very smart decision by going with newcomers instead of trying
to force a recognizable young actor into a role just because they might
help sell a ticket or two.
Gray has been circling this N.W.A. film
for months. If casting is underway, pre-production and shooting can’t
be too far off. We’ll keep you posted on details, but in the meantime,
if you think you have what it takes to play a member of N.W.A. in their
prime, audition. You’ve got nothing to lose.
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