Express Yourself With 10 Facts From ‘Straight Outta Compton’
When the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton hits theaters this week, it will star Corey Hawkins as the great Dr. Dre. But did you know Dre was originally supposed to be played by Fruitvale Station star Michael B. Jordan, who dropped out because of scheduling conflicts with Fantastic Four? That’s just one of the surprising facts packed into the latest episode of You Think You Know Movies, which takes you through South Central for a trip into Straight Outta Compton!
Ice Cube is played in Straight Outta Compton by his real-life son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., and Eazy-E’s son, Eric Wright Jr. (aka Lil Eazy-E), auditioned to play his father in the film as well. Wright ultimately wasn’t cast, though; instead, director F. Gary Gray and producers Ice Cube and Dr. Dre chose actor Jason Mitchell for the role. (Wright still provided advice to Mitchell on how best to embody his late father.)
“You Think You Know Movies?” is a ScreenCrush original series that dives deep into the cinematic worlds of your favorite movies and freeze frames a few tidbits you might not have known. We’ve already tackled Star Wars, The Avengers, and Spider-Man, but now it’s time to get some serious attitude with this Straight Outta Compton video!
Watch more installments of ‘You Think You Know Movies?’ below and let us know what movies we should cover next.
Check Out 100 Movie Facts You May Not Know