(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.