The N.W.A biopic just got some significant star power. Renowned actor Paul Giamatti will portray Jerry Heller, the rap group’s manager and founder of Ruthless Records, in the forthcoming film.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Giamatti has already signed a deal to star in Straight Outta Compton. It was fall out with Heller that led to the departures of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre from the seminal Compton rap group.
Heller was already an established music executive when he founded Ruthless Records with Eazy-E in 1986.
Recently, there was a drive-by shooting on the set of the movie in Compton. Directed F. Gary Gray, Straight Outta Compton is due in theaters August 15, 2015.