‘Friday’ Director Discusses N.W.A. Biopic

Andrew Parks

By Andrew Parks

on 04.03.14 in News

According to Rolling Stone, F. Gary Gray’s long-planned N.W.A. biopic has entered the final stages of its casting call, an effort that’s taken the Friday director to Chicago, Atlanta, Baltimore, D.C., and Gardena, California. Speaking to a KCRW reporter, he explained, “It’s not unlike Social Network or American Graffiti, where you take a place and time in America, especially as it relates to popular culture, and you see the shift … They were right there and created part of the pivot that America took in entertainment. We went from Madonna, Michael Jackson and Prince to hip-hop.”

Gray said he’s looking for a “hood factor” in his actors much like how American Idol seeks out the Next Big Thing in its singers. “You get the authenticity when you’re in an environment likes this, and you have an open call,” he explained. “I’ve been seeing that, and I’m pretty happy with it.”

Principal photography for Straight Outta Compton is set to start this summer, with Ice Cube and Eazy-E’s widow (Tomica Woods-Wright) listed as two of its producers. Listen to KCRW’s full news piece on the movie below…