With Father’s Day around the corner, it’s going to be hard to top this gift: Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson, Jr. will play a young O’Shea Jackson, Sr. in the long-in-the-works N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, TheWrap reports. The casting has yet to be confirmed by Universal Studios and it’s unclear if the film has received an official green light.
O’Shea Jr. comes to the film with no notable acting experience, but with a high endorsement from his father. In an interview with The Guardian back in February, Ice Cube was frank about wanting his son to take on the role, saying his son reminds him of himself at that age. “At that age people think that I was all serious and mean, but there was a mixture of hot and cold,” he said. “I could turn on a dime. And he has my temperament.” He also claimed that O’Shea Jr. could recite all the words the group’s pivotal record, also titled Straight Outta Compton, when he was just two-years-old.
Apparently O’Shea Jr. isn’t the only N.W.A. offspring in consideration for a role in the film. Easy E’s son, who is already celebrating his father’s legacy as Sons of N.W.A., has apparently been making a vie to play his father on the silver screen. In the end, film producers Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Easy E’s widow Tomica Woods-Wright will have a say on the casting approval. Any thoughts on how this could play out in the greater Are We There Yet? cinematic universe?