The tug of war for the role of Eazy E in the anticipated Ice Cube-produced NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton is on. Last week, Eazy’s son and namesake, Eric Wright, Jr., told TMZ that he’ll most likely portray his father in the film. A few days later, the late rap star’s daughter Erin Bria Wright sent Black Voices an ‘official’ statement on her claim to the role:
I feel the role of my dad in a biopic should “Not” just be a “given” to my brother Lil Eazy solely on the strength that he is my father’s junior! To be honest my father has four sons total who all resemble him in their own way, just as I have an uncanny resemblance to my father and I am a girl. I think my brother should have to audition and earn the role by delivering a great read instead of just being handed the role—and I’d like to add that I feel I should have that same opportunity to audition for the role as well, and be given equal consideration based on my acting ability and not just my relation. I have dreamed of getting this role for many years now, as I have always been inspired by how Hilary Swank played a boy in “Boys Don’t Cry,” which I’ve referenced in a past AllHipHop.com interview in 2007.
Wright’s trailer (below) for “What I Wanna Do” doubles as a both a mini-audition for the role at the root of the sibling rivalry and a preview of her new album: