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Cast Photo: "Straight Outta Compton"

By Garth Franklin Wednesday June 18th 2014 02:34PM

Universal Pictures has unveiled the first cast photo from "Straight Outta Compton," the upcoming biopic about seminal gangsta rappers N.W.A. whose politically-charged work in the mid-1980s had a massive influence on hip hop music in general.

The photo showcases O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell standing in front of two of their real life counterparts - Ice Cube and Dr. Dre - along with director F. Gary Gray. Universal has confirmed an August 14th 2015 release date, and released a new synopsis which you can see below the photo.

Synopsis: "In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country. When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation.

Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war."

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