Casting Net: N.W.A biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' completes casting

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• Universal has found its last two members for the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton directed by F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job). Aldis Hodge (Leverage) will play MC Ren and Neil Brown Jr. (The Walking Dead) will be DJ Yella, joining previously announced stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E respectively. The film is set for a Aug. 14, 2015 release with Ice Cub and Dr. Dre serving as producers. [THR]

• Zulay Henao (The Single Moms Club) will play adult film legend Vanessa del Rio in an untitled biopic. The project will mark the feature directorial debut of Thomas Mignone, who also wrote the script set in the cheap and crime-riddled world of 1970s New York. [THR]

• Oona Laurence, the 11-year-old actress who was one of four girls to originate the title role of Matilda on Broadway, has joined the cast of Lamb. The indie drama stars the film’s writer/director Ross Partridge (The Off Hours) as David Lamb, who goes on a mission of self-discovery. The film is an adaptation of Bonnie Nadzam’s novel. [Deadline]

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