EXCLUSIVE: Lakeith Lee Stanfield, who plays Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton, is segueing onscreen from hip-hop to national security. The actor and rapper has joined the cast of Snowden, Oliver Stone’s movie about the notorious NSA leaker. Stanfield will play a National Security Administration co-worker and close friend to Joe Gordon-Levitt’s Edward Snowden. Shailene Woodley and Scott Eastwood also star in the Stone-helmed movie alongside Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson, Rhys Ifans, Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson and Timothy Olyphant. Open Road is set to open the pic on December 25 as a probably not welcomed Christmas present to the NSA and the Obama administration.
Beside’s the upcoming N.W.A. biopic, Stanfield’s recent big-screen credits include Best Picture Oscar nominee Selma, the Sundance pic Dope, last year’s The Purge: Anarchy and Short Term 12. He next appears in the biopic Miles Ahead, starring Don Cheadle as jazz genius Miles Davis. Stanfield is repped by Innovative Artists, Colin Stark and Ginsburg Daniels.