Ice Cube Explains Why Eazy E's Son Was Left Out Of N.W.A. Biopic

(AllHipHop News) No favoritism with Ice Cube, simply acting business. Less than a month after Eazy E’s son, Eric Wright Jr was allegedly outraged on not being cast to portray his father in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, Ice Cube explains that Wright Jr’s lack of experience was to blame.

Cube spoke to Colorado radio station KS 107.5 about the casting of Straight Outta Compton and the involvement of Eazy E’s family. Jason Mitchell was cast to portray Eazy E and Cube explains the Wright Jr was not selected due to how much the role demanded:

He’s an up-and-coming actor trying to do it, but we needed somebody who was a little more polished to play Eazy, because he goes through a lot in his life. He goes from selling dope in Compton to fighting for his life in a hospital bed. So we needed to find an actor with a lot of range. And we just couldn’t use just anybody. We gave him a shot, and it just didn’t work out.

Wright Jr dismissed rumors of his displeasure with not being cast in the movie and informed Rolling Stone that he is willing to give Mitchell advice on how to portray his father. Interestingly enough, Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr has no prior acting experience in films and will portray his father in the N.W.A. biopic.

Straight Outta Compton is schedule to beginning filming next month and set to be released August 2015.

  • 1SOFLO1

    Most time ish is all about chemistry, No drama queen on the set.

  • Most likely due to Eazys role being a bigger part than Cubes, could be the reason why Cubes son will play as him.

    • I_AM_Houston

      thats what I was thinking too. Easy, easily has the hardest role to play especially if they cover his HIV stuff. Thats gonna require anger and tears and his son might not be able to reach that far just yet, but on another note maybe he can considering he may be able to channel his real feelings on his pops.

  • Didn’t spell financial right….makes your whole point look bogus…I know google ain’t in the business of hiring dumbasses.

    • EZNOW

      spelled it wrong twice @ that….smh

      • Lmao I know…..knowing damn well google ain’t paying a dumb mfker nada…..

      • Lmao deleted the post too….

  • MR..ASS..TO..MOUTH..

    at first i was about to be like naw thats some favortism ish right there with cubes son…..but then i had to think back because if im not mistaken cube was only with the group for one i could see his son not having much of a role

    • Two_guns_Billy

      yeah but cube also wrote Eazy E album

      • MR..ASS..TO..MOUTH..

        yeah but i think eazy had a bigger part in getting nwa started so i could see a lot of the focus being on him.and how everything went down with the group lil eazy couldnt pull that off

  • Markus

    I understand Cube and his reasoning for the decision not to cast Eazy’s son, but since his son is in the same position and got the role, I wouldn’t be surprised if eyebrows were raised. At the end of the day, i just want a good film no matter who plays who.

    • Dope

      Truth be told, I don’t see how much will be required of Cube’s son. Basically to act as a thug, be angry a few times, cool a few scenes and that’s it. I may be wrong, but if they are to cover Eazy’s last days then his role will require the most from the actor, as everyone can act a thug but not everyone has a wide enough range to act more sensitive scenes.

  • El Dogga

    Eazy is easily and rightfully so going to be the main character in the movie. Casting that part is going to make or break the movie……you better have the BEST you can find for that role!

    • Reazonero

      If Eazy-E is the main character of the movie, then I can understand getting an experienced actor instead of Junior. and all Cubes son gotta do is make angry faces for the whole movie to come across as his father on the screen.

      follow me @reazonero

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      • Reazonero

        lol. good one. First I was confused, then I looked up and saw the follow me comment I left and was like ooohh..ok

      • El Dogga


  • RichFromBX

    regardless of who plays who, this shit better be better than Notorious. Say what you want but that shit was terrible.

    • dee

      I saw part of it and didnt care to see the rest.

    • CeeCeefromBrooklyn

      I thought it was okay…i mean a little rushed, but the casting was amazing….

  • Carlos

    We have been hearing about this movie for a long time, so if Lil Eazy was interested, he should have practiced his acting.

    • Ipullcards

      I mean he did, and from comments from his side, they say he’s not bitter he just wants a say in his pops story! Let’s be real his father started this great group!

  • ZUBU

    Easy was a lil’ beast, Giant of a man. Took the street hustle and turned it into mills legit. He brought gangsta to the mainstream

  • Ike’s Mood

    all i know is that nobody better not say anything bad about eazy. he was a checkwriter & everybody else were royalty receivers!

    • Mike Scorsese

      Except Cube

  • Bdot

    Translation: His ass can’t act yet.

    • Charismatic eNegro Jef Vinson

      Then he’d better hope that whoever is playing Eazy doesn’t suck or he’ll never hear the end of it.

      • Bdot

        That’s true.

      • Tre C

        he ain’t gonna care as long as it booms at the box office

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  • keepitswizzy

    Most of the actors they picked are up and comers….I hope it turns out to be a good movie but I have a feeling it is gonna be horrible

  • jeezuz_walkz

    so far they have only made note of cube being involved, where’s the rest of NWA at? it looks like so far it’s gonna be “CUBE’S VISION” of NWA. i dont want hear them not gettin involved to later then point out all the shit that’s off with the story after it’s been released etc… that would be extremely wack.. SIDEBAR : i also wonder if SNOOP, BONE THUGS WESTSIDE CONNECTION or EARLIER RUTHLESS ROSTER MEMBERS WILL BE INVOLVED.

  • Clondyke Classic

    Cube tried to let him down easy. That nigga must be trash lol

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  • etaboo

    The difference is ice Cuba’s son took the role seriously and prepared himself for two years going to classes and learning the craft in New York and LA. He also had to do a screen test for universal. So dear journalist get ur facts straight instead of implying their was some favoritism. O’shea jr did a great job portraying his dad.

    • Blu Soulstn

      Great observation…and that’s why we need a comments section in articles, to get the FULL truth not half truth to incite negative energy

  • shun king

    Them niggas should be hung they turned black on black violence to an extreme level, but these folks getting celebrated for it….black people wake up!