Paul Giamatti to star in NWA biopic

August 18th, 2014

Paul Giamatti has been cast in 'Straight Outta Compton', the new biopic of hip-hop group NWA.

Giamatti, 47, will play the role of Jerry Heller, the manager of the iconic hip-hop group that achieved worldwide fame in the late 1980s and early 1990s with hits like '100 Miles and Runnin'.

The original line-up of NWA included Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, and Ice Cube, with MC Ren joining in 1988.

Although they were only together for five years, the group is considered to be one of the most influential in hip-hop history, pioneering so-called gangster rap.

There is already a huge amount of excitement within the hip-hop community regarding the release of the flick, which will see O'Shea Jackson Jr, 24, play the role of his father Ice Cube, while Dr Dre will be played by Marcus Callender.

Ice Cube, who is working on the film project with Dr Dre, recently told NME that the film may even inspire the group to reunite.

He said: ''I think the movie will remind a lot of people the importance of who we were and what we did - including us. We're here to give the people what they want so who knows what will happen after the movie.''