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The idea for Straight Outta Compton, a film documenting the genesis and rise of seminal Los Angeles rap group NWA had been kicking around as early as 2002, but it’s taken well over a decade for the story of Dr Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E and, er, the other two, to finally see the light of day. And development hell was the least of the problems, given that the production also had to deal with a drive-by shooting while filming on location in Compton, and an unexpected appearance at the shoot for the trailer from Dre’s estranged business partner Suge Knight, which resulted in the death of a man for which Knight is currently awaiting trial. Despite all this, the film has been a bona fide success in the States, and looks likely to do pretty well here, even if the hagiographic approach (Dre and Cube are co-producers) has meant that some less-than-flattering parts of the story – to put it mildly – have been skipped. Judge for yourself when it is released on Friday.
Out on Friday 28 August
The first episode of Narcos, the new Netflix Originals series that follows the likes of Orange is the New Black and House of Cards, is pretty much all backstory. But given that the series is about Pablo Escobar and the Medellin Cartel, which introduced cocaine to the shores of America, this is fascinating backstory you’ll be more than happy to lap up. The 10-part series, which is directed by Brazil’s Jose Padilha, centres on the rise of Escobar from happy-go-lucky Colombian contraband smuggler to filthily rich and internationally renowned drug lord, as seen through the eyes of a real-life America Drugs Enforcement Agency Agent, Steve Murphy, who was sent to Bogota to try and capture him – or better yet, kill him.
Escobar is played, with wonderful, soft-faced menace, by Brazilian actor Wagner Moura, while the role of Murphy, the show’s de facto narrator, is taken by Boyd Holbrook, an American actor who has the curious quality of resembling both Ryan Gosling and Mackenzie Crook Murphy is teamed up with a new partner, Javier Pena, played by Pedro Pascal whom eagle-eyed viewers might recognise as the ill-fated Dornish Casanova Oberyn Martell from season four of Game of Thrones. And if that sounds like a lot of lesser-knowns don’t worry – it takes just under 12 minutes for Luis Guzman to make an appearance.
Available from Friday 28 August on Netflix