+the news

Articles

Dr. Dre's son cast as superproducer dad in Tha Dogg Pound biopic

Dr. Dre's son has finally been given the opportunity to portray his superproducer father in a new film documenting the rise of Snoop Dogg and his frequent collaborators Kurupt, Daz Dillinger, Nate Dogg and Warren G.

The hip-hop legend prevented his kid, aspiring actor/rapper Curtis Young, from landing the role of Dre in hit N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton because he feared Young lacked screen experience, and the part eventually went to newcomer Marcus Callender.


At the time, Young insisted he was "happy" for Callender, but now he has scored the chance to prove his dad wrong after being cast in a new project, titled Dogg Pound 4 Life.


According to Young, the movie will not be a follow-up to Straight Outta Compton, as some reports have suggested, but will be a stand-alone film planned by Tha Dogg Pound co-founder Dillinger with the blessing of his cousin, Snoop.


Young reveals Dillinger is seeking funding and a director for the project, and has reached out to hip-hop heavyweights such as 50 Cent to get involved.


He tells XXLmag.com, "There's no sequel to Straight Outta Compton. This is the Dogg Pound 4 Life movie. I'm cast to play my father. That is official.


"Right now they're looking for funding. There are talks with 50 Cent and some other people. The script is pretty much done. I can't really speak on the characters, but I just got photos of who's going to be playing who. I'm just really excited to be a part of it."


Dillinger recently revealed Dogg Pound 4 Life will also feature actors portraying Death Row Records co-founder Marion 'Suge' Knight and collaborators Ice Cube and Tupac Shakur, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1996, aged 25.


Straight Outta Compton, which charts the rise of Dre and Ice Cube's groundbreaking hip-hop group N.W.A., has become the highest-grossing musical biopic ever in the U.S. after taking its total gross to $134 million in its third weekend (28-31Aug15) on release.