While I am excited for a Black biopics that are hitting our screens over the next couple of months, I’m not excited about the casting call for one of them–“Straight Outta Compton–” the N.W.A. biopic that’s set to release next year. Ice Cube and Dr. Dre have their capable hands in this film, but it’s obvious they had nothing to do with the casting call. “This is our legacy, you can’t play with this, there’s no cutting corners,” Ice Cube recently told MTV News. “I’m fully engulfed in that movie, very anal about it. It gotta be right. I’m totally involved, I’m engulfed in it.”
This casting call was posted yesterday by Sande Allesi Casting, an agency that has posted several casting notices for the film (that they have since taken down). These notices are extremely offensive, as they call out the qualities they’re looking for in A Girls, B Girls, C Girls and D Girls (Spoiler Alert: there’s a request for light-skinned girls and a request for girls not in shape and girls with weaves):
SAG OR NON UNION CASTING NOTICE FOR FEMALES-ALL ETHNICITIES- from the late 80’s. Shoots on “Straight Outta Compton”. Shoot date TBD. We are pulling photos for the director of featured extras. VERY IMPORTANT – You MUST live in the Los Angeles area (Orange County is fine too) to work on this show. DO NOT SUBMIT if you live out of the area. Nobody is going to be flying into LA to do extra work on this show – and don’t tell me you are willing to fly in.
SAG OR NON UNION FEMALES – PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR SPECIFIC BREAKDOWN. DO NOT EMAIL IN FOR MORE THAN ONE CATEGORY:
A GIRLS: These are the hottest of the hottest. Models. MUST have real hair – no extensions, very classy looking, great bodies. You can be black, white, asian, hispanic, mid eastern, or mixed race too. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: A GIRLS
B GIRLS: These are fine girls, long natural hair, really nice bodies. Small waists, nice hips. You should be light-skinned. Beyonce is a prototype here. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: B GIRLS
C GIRLS: These are African American girls, medium to light skinned with a weave. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: C GIRLS
D GIRLS: These are African American girls. Poor, not in good shape. Medium to dark skin tone. Character types. Age 18-30. Please email a current color photo, your name, Union status, height/weight, age, city in which you live and phone number to: SandeAlessiCasting@gmail.com subject line should read: D GIRLS
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5 Biopics That Have Us Buzzing & The Actors Who Will Star In Them
1. Upcoming Biopics
With so many legends gone, it's only right that we pay homage to the greats by sharing their life stories in the form of a biopic. From Whitney Houston to James Brown, there are a ton of upcoming biopics that we can look forward to in the coming months however, there is controversy surrounding who should take on the role of such legendary figures. How do you think the young actors will do in their respective roles?
2. Chadwick Boseman & Jill Scott In "Get On Up"
Getting acting pointers from Mos Def, Jill Scott will be playing James Brown's second wife, Deirdre "Deedee" Jenkins in the biopic, "Get On Up." Called to audition for a smaller role while on a press junket for her last movie, 2013's "Baggage Claim," Scott later learned the Jenkins character was being written for her. To help her channel the role, Scott spent time with Jenkins' grandson, who shared photos & stories.
3. Yaya DaCosta as Whitney Houston
With all the drama surrounding the Whitney Houston biopic it's tough to call how it'll actually turn out however I trust that Yaya DaCosta will not let us down. The model/actress has many acting credits to her name but playing the late Whitney Houston will be her most challenging role to date. Angela Bassett will direct the film and as someone who knew Whitney well, I'm confident that she'll mold Yaya to perfection.
4. Don Cheadle as Miles Davis
Don Cheadle is an amazing actor and his ability to embody another character during his films is incredible. When it was announced that Cheadle would take on the role as Miles Davis in the upcoming biopic, there was no question that he would nail the part. In fact, Cheadle's admiration of Davis started when he was just a child and he's been a fan of the jazz trumpeter his entire life. What better way to pay homage?
5. Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix
If the resemblance between Andre 3000 and Jimi Hendrix is any indication of how he'll do playing the late guitarist, then I expect an A+ performance from the rapper turned actor. Although 3 Stacks doesn't have many acting credits on his resume, he reportedly practiced guitar six hours a day to get the part just right. By the looks of the trailer, Andre 3000 is completely dedicated to channeling Hendrix's spirit.
6. Chadwick Boseman as James Brown
If you saw Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in "42" then you already know that he will play an amazing James Brown. Chadwick completely embodied the Civil Rights icon in the film to the point where I forgot I was watching a movie but felt as if I was living the story first hand. After watching the "Get On Up" trailer, I'm excited to see his portrayal of James Brown and expect to have the same nostalgic feelings.
7. Nick Cannon as Richard Pryor
The rumor mill is buzzing that Nick Cannon is gearing up to play comedic legend Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic. Although nothing is confirmed as of yet, Cannon did mention that he considers Pryor one of his comedic inspirations and he often studied him as a child. Allegedly, the Pryor family prefers Marlon Wayans for the role and doesn't think that Nick Cannon has what it takes to bring Richard Pryor to life.
8. Usher As Sugar Ray Leonard
Usher will star as the legendary boxer in the upcoming film ‘Hands of Stone', also starring Robert de Niro, and their resemblance is undeniable even out of costume! "My commitment to his character demands that I not only physically get ready, but also become him," the singer told Men's Health magazine (http://bit.ly/1oEJVf0), adding, I train like an athlete every day, believe it or not."