The first trailer for the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has hit the web. Ice Cube debuted the trailer at a recent concert in Sydney, Australia and lucky for us a couple of decent quality fan-recordings have surfaced. Directed by F. Gary Gray and produced by original N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, alonside Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright, Straight Outta Compton chronicles the rise and fall of the legendary hip hop group. The trailer looks great. The big question has been whether or not Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr., who plays his father in the film, would have the chops and charisma to pull of the role, and from what we see here it looks like he’s going to be fantastic.
The film also stars Paul Giamatti as N.W.A’s manager, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell as Easy-E, and is set to hit theaters August 15, 2015. Check out the first Straight Outta Compton trailer after the jump.
We’ve got two videos you can check out from different angles in the crowd. The first is a lose up, so it’s a larger image, but a bit blurry. The second is farther away, but really clear, plus you can check out Cube and his O’Shea performing together after the trailer.
I’m obviously excited by the quality of the what’s shown here, but I’m most eager to see the film because of Ice Cube’s obvious enthusiasm and heartfelt involvement in the project. If he’s this invested, odds are he’s going to hold the final product to high standards. I’m officially extremely excited to see this movie.
Here’s the official synopsis for Straight Outta Compton:
In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.
Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job). The drama is produced by original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Gray.