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The annual Grammy Awards were held this evening, so it only makes sense that the biggest upcoming musical biopic would release its first trailer at the exact same time. But this is no ordinary trailer for Straight Outta Compton - this is a red band trailer. Prepare for NSFW!
Helping to ease audiences into this first look at Straight Outta Compton - which tells the story of how N.W.A. emerged from humble beginnings to become one of the biggest rap groups in the world - is a pretty cool and interestingly placed introduction featuring Ice Cube and Dr. Dre revisiting the area of Los Angeles where it all began. Before you see their story unfold, you get a quick peek at the impact they have managed to have through their music.
As for the trailer itself, I'll admit my interest is certainly captured. There are certainly signs of all the classic musical biopic tropes - hard luck beginnings, leading to the big break, leading to massive success, leading to fortune and fame, leading to tragedy, and then leading to redemption - but there definitely is an interesting, true life backstory behind N.W.A., and they honestly did have a huge impact on culture when their music started coming out and people started listening. If Straight Outta Compton can properly and dramatically convey those events, then there's all kinds of chances that the movie will succeed.
Directed by F. Gary Gray - who we haven't seen working since 2009's actioner Law Abiding Citizen, the film is largely populated with newcomers, but there are some familiar faces. Corey Hawkins is portraying Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell is playing Eazy-E, and O'Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube's son) has taken the role of his father. As you see in the trailer, though, the really big known name acting talent featured in the movie is Paul Giamatti, who is wearing an interesting hair piece to play real-life music manager Jerry Heller:
Straight Outta Compton has been in the works for about five years now, with F. Gary Gray coming aboard back in 2012, but to the production's credit it has fought its way through development hell to actually become a reality. Hopefully it will be good, but we actually have a long time to wait until we actually find out. Universal Pictures has dated the movie to be released in theaters on August 14th. After seeing the trailer, do you plan on buying a ticket?