Ice Cube Wants His Son O'Shea To Play Him In N.W.A Biopic
Ice Cube says he wants his son to portray him in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, explaining he's "been trying to get that pushed along."
Los Angeles native Ice Cube has been in the headlines recently for numerous reasons. His forthcoming album tenth solo studio album, Everythang's Corrupt is slated to hit retail shelves in May. Cube will also have a hand in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic.
"Yes. I've been trying to get that pushed along," Ice Cube said when asked if he would like his son to portray him in the biopic, Straight Outta Compton. "Just wanna make sure that he's the best man for the job."
Regarding his children and N.W.A., the rapper/producer/actor said they listened to his music at a very early age.
"They discovered it. I wasn't hiding it, it was right there," Ice Cube said. "My son Darrel could recite 'Straight Outta Compton' at two years old. He loved it! You can expose your kids to anything as long as you sit there and explain it to them."
Finally, Cube talked about the progression of the film and said it's still in its early stages. He also explained what exactly the film will be about besides a portrayal of the late 80s Hip Hop crew.
"We're getting the script tight and we're starting to cast," Ice Cube explained. "Hopefully we'll start shooting in April. We've had a few different writers; we're still working that out. We're going for a dramatic story that encompasses Hip Hop, dope-dealing, Reaganomics, Aids, LAPD, rap feuds, FBI, PMRC, the Parental Advisory stickers on the records ... all of it."
In a recent interview with MTV, Cube talked about the biopic and said the movie will describe the group as the "world's most dangerous."
"We just tryin' to tell the story of the world's most dangerous group," Cube said in the interview. "We're trying to tell aspects of our lives that people don't know about, people aren't privy to." In April of last year, Ice Cube said the film would be more than just a documentary of the group.
"We're taking it to the nooks and crannies, I think deeper than any other article or documentary on the group," he said. "These are the intimate conversations that helped forge N.W.A. To me, I think it's interesting to anybody who loves that era and I don't know any other movie where you can mix Gangster Rap, the F.B.I., L.A. riots, HIV, and fucking feuding with each other. This movie has everything from Darryl Gates and the battering ram."
During the LA Weekly interview, Ice Cube also spoke about the then rumors that he would be casting his son to play him in the film.
"That's a dream come true, but we're going to find the best actor to do the job," he said. "That's the thing about movies: You have got to find the best people to do the role. It is going to be a role that I think is right for unknowns, people who you haven't seen before. I think that's the best way to pull this off."