ice-cube*The exclusion of Eazy-E’s son, Eric Wright Jr., from playing his dad in the  highly-anticipated N.W.A. biopic may have produced rumors of him being upset from the snub, but according to Ice Cube, there’s a legit reason behind the selection of another entertainer for the role.

In a phone interview with Colorado radio station, KS 107.5, Ice Cube detailed why he and the film’s co-producers chose actor Jason Mitchell instead of Wright, Jr. to portray the late rap star in “Straight Outta Compton.”  For them, it all came down to finding someone who could exhibit all that was needed to portray Eazy and all he experienced during his life.

“He’s an up-and-coming actor trying to do it, but we needed somebody who was a little more polished to play Eazy, because he goes through a lot in his life,” Cube explained. “He goes from selling dope in Compton to fighting for his life in a hospital bed. So we needed to find an actor with a lot of range. And we just couldn’t use just anybody. We gave him a shot, and it just didn’t work out.”

Apparently, Wright, Jr. has moved on. The Huffington Post reports that Lil Eazy has since dismissed the rumors and offered his support to Mitchell. For more of Ice Cube’s interview with KS 107.5, check out the audio interview below: