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'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield Will Play Snoop Dogg in Universal's N.W.A. Biopic

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act August 25, 2014 at 4:20PM

Originally set up at New Line, Universal picked up the project in turnaround, with F. Gary Gray attached to direct.
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Keith Stanfield
Keith Stanfield

Keith Stanfield is certainly a young talent on the rise. 

The 22-year-old actor/rapper who practically stole every scene in which he appeared in Destin Daniel Crettin's "Short Term 12" - his feature film acting debut - and whose performance earned him a best supporting actor Spirit Award nomination, has booked roles in key feature films since then, including Don Cheadle's Mlies Davis project, "Miles Ahead," Ava DuVernay's MLK drama "Selma," and now, Universal's N.W.A. biopic, "Straight Outta Compton," in which he'll play Snoop Dogg! 

Stanfield joins O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, respectively, in a film directed by F. Gary Gray. 

Carra Patterson and Paul Giamatti are also in the cast, playing Tomica Woods, Eazy-E's widow (who inherited his share of N.W.A. song rights, and is also a producer on the film), and Jerry Heller, manager of the group.

The drama is produced by original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Gray. 

Originally set up at New Line, Universal picked up the project in turnaround, with F. Gary Gray attached to direct. John Singleton was, at one time, interested in the job.

The upcoming film, which follows the group as they emerge from the streets of Compton, California in the mid-1980s, to go onto revolutionize pop culture with their music, is set for a release next year in August, 2015.

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