Playing Dr. Dre is the classically trained actor
Marcus Callender, an alum of New York’s Shakespeare Lab at the Public Theater. His credits include small roles in shows like CBS’ Blue Bloods and Elementary along with HBO’s Criminal Justice. Meanwhile, the relatively unknown Jason Mitchell has been cast as Eazy-E. Apparently, Mitchell landed the part based on a screen test, and it must have been a phenomenal audition, as Eazy-E’s son was also gunning for the role.
Update: According to The Wrap, the initial report of Marcus Callender playing Dr. Dre was incorrect. Rather, Corey Hawkins, who previously appeared in Iron Man 3 and Non-Stop, will play the role of the good doctor.
These castings come after the revelation that Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr., will be playing a younger version of his rapper father. The movie, which will be directed by F. Gary Gray and is under the supervision of Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy-E’s widow Tomica Wright, should begin its principal photography phase of filming in less than two months.