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NWA Biopic Casts Actors for MC Ren and DJ Yella

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Casting for the N.W.A biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’ is now complete. Producers have cast actors Aldis Hodge as MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. as DJ Yella reports the Los Angeles Times.

The pair join O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell who will play Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, respectively.

Both Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. have extensive acting resumes in both film and television. Arguably, portraying Ren and Yella in the N.W.A biopic will be the biggest roles of their careers.

Director F. Gary Gray is directing the film with Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Woods-Wright and Matt Alvarez serving as producers.

‘Straight Outta Compton’ chronicles the life and music of N.W.A as Cube, Eazy-E, Dr. Dre, MC Ren and DJ Yella became the “World’s Most Dangerous Rap Group” in the late 1980s.

“I’m totally involved, I’m engulfed in it,” said Cube about the biopic. “This is our legacy, you can’t play with this, there’s no cutting corners. I’m fully engulfed in that movie, very anal about it. It gotta be right.”

‘Straight Outta Compton’ is scheduled to open in theaters on Aug. 14, 2015.

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