The upcoming drama "Straight Outta Compton" chronicles the highs and lows of the seminal West Coast rap group N.W.A., from their troubled beginnings to their incredible fame and growing notoriety.

Newcomer O'Shea Jackson Jr. plays his real-life dad Ice Cube, alongside Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Dr. Dre and Eazy-E. Paul Giamatti plays their then-manager Jerry Heller, who co-founded Ruthless Records with Eazy-E in 1986. Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are producers on the pic, which is directed by F. Gary Gray ("Law Abiding Citizen,""The Italian Job,""Set It Off,""Friday"). The supporting cast includes Alexandra Shipp, Orlando Brown, and R. Marcos Taylor as Suge Knight.

Ice Cube described their story as "an American story of not only rags to riches, but David vs. Goliath. To me, when you talk about N.W.A, you talk about non-violent protests against things that we were trying to comprehend, so we ended up putting it in song."

"Straight Outta Compton" opens nationwide on August 14.