Straight Outta Compton was an unexpected blockbuster hit at the box office, and now it looks like there’s going to be a sequel. TMZ reports that the cast for Straight Outta Compton 2 has been revealed, and that there are new rappers who have been added to the storyline. One of those rappers is Tupac Shakur.
Cinemablend reports that Straight Outta Compton 2 will pick up where the first movie ended and chronicle the rise of a string of West Coast performers, including Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Kurupt, and Tupac. Here are the names of the actors and who they will be playing.
- Daz Dillinger (Azad Arnaud)
- Dr. Dre (played by his son, Curtis)
- Suge Knight (Reggie Noble)
- Kurupt (Melvin Jackson Jr.)
The current working title for the project is Dogg Pound 4 Life.
The pictures were shot in a recording studio in L.A., where they were reportedly shooting the scene where Tupac, Daz, and Suge Knight recorded “Ambitionz as a Ridah” and “I Ain’t Mad At Ya.”
According to Cinemablend, Straight Outta Compton 2 will focus not only on the rise of these rappers but also on the violence associated with this time period. Snoop Dogg and Tupac Shakur made brief appearances in Straight Outta Compton, and there’s no doubt that fans will storm theaters to see their stories fleshed out on screen. Tupac is considered by many fans to be one of the best rappers to ever touch a mic. His death is also one of the most controversial events in hip-hop history. His murder has never been solved.
Straight Outta Compton topped the box office for most of the month of August, becoming the largest opening ever for an R-rated movie, according to Variety. The rap drama debuted to $60.2 million and cost $29 million to make, so it’s definitely been a profitable venture for everyone involved. Its opening weekend overshadowed that of Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation ($55.5 million) and Ant-Man ($57.2 million). Each of those films cost more than $100 million to produce, which only goes to show that a compelling, well-told story can win over the CGI and stunts of a blockbuster summer action movie.
“It’s an example of counterprogramming,” producer Bill Straus told Variety. “Summer movies have become so monolithic over the last decade that releasing the film at this time of year was brazen, and I think youth culture responds to brazen.”
Straight Outta Compton follows the story of NWA, the rap group credited with popularising gangster rap in the late eighties and early nineties.
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