"Straight Outta Compton" topped the box office telling the story of how iconic rap group N.W.A. emerged from the streets of their infamous L.A. neighborhood to become some of music's biggest and most influential stars. However, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and company are not the only rap success stories to come out of southern Los Angeles. A "Straight Outta Compton" sequel is reportedly in the works to pick up where the first film left off, introducing a few more game-changing MCs and featuring a new gang of actors playing the original N.W.A. members.
TMZ obtained some exclusive photos from the set of the forthcoming sequel revealing some of the actors behind the rappers who will be the focus of the new film. TMZ previously reported that the unofficial sequel, "Dogg Pound 4 Life," will focus on Death Row Records, the label established by Dr. Dre and Suge Knight that was featured in "Straight Outta Compton."
The film will reportedly highlight the rest of the rappers that made up the label's crew, including Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, Daz Dillinger and Warren G. The set photos reveal that Azaz Arnaud will play Daz Dillinger, Dr. Dre will be played by his son, Curtis Young, Reggie Noble will take on the role of Suge Knight, Melvin Jackson Jr. will play Kurupt and Dada will portray the late Tupac Shakur.
Curtis Young will take over the role of Dr. Dre from Corey Hawkins, who played the legendary DJ/rapper in "Straight Outta Compton" to rave reviews. The decision to have Dr. Dre's son play him is notable considering fellow N.W.A. founder Ice Cube was portrayed by his own son, O'Shea Jackson Jr., in "Straight Outta Compton." Jackson Jr. received praise for his performance, but apparently, he will not return for "Dogg Pound 4 Life." No announcement has been made regarding who will be cast in the role. Unlike on "Straight Outta Compton," neither Dr. Dre not Ice Cube are producers on the new movie.
"Straight Outta Compton" became the highest-grossing music biopic ever, bringing in over $134 million in just its first three weeks, according to USA Today. The previous high was held by the Johnny Cash biopic, "Walk The Line," which grossed just $119 million.
Watch the trailer for "Straight Outta Compton" below:
Can "Dogg Pound 4 Life" repeat the success of "Straight Outta Compton?" Only time will tell. "Straight Outta Compton" can be currently seen in theaters nationwide.