Dr. Dre Returns To Acting In A Semi-Autobiographical Mini Series

Although he is widely recognized for music production and his electronics line, Dr. Dre is also a veteran Hollywood actor and director. Following Dre’s acclaimed run of early 1990s music videos, the Compton, California native would star in films such as his directorial debut short Murder Was The Case, plus theatrical features Set It Off, Training Day, and his own rapper-heavy homage to Car Wash.


In the last 15 years however, Dre has stepped away from the screen and lens—before co-producing 2015’s Straight Outta Compton. With an Academy Award nomination surrounding the film, D-R-E is returning to film. The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Andre Young is piloting Apple’s first ever series of this kind. Called Vital Signs, the under way six-part series is reportedly “semi-autobiographical.” While it is Dre’s story and some of Dre’s acting, the series is directed by music video veteran Paul Hunter. Hunter directed videos such as The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize,” Puff Daddy’s “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” and Marilyn Manson’s “Dope Show,” among others. He has worked with Dre affiliates Warren G, Snoop Dogg, and Tyrese.

Apple invested $3 billion in Beats By Dre in 2014.

While details are sparse at present, T.H.R. does report that Vital Signs will feature a graphic orgy sequence. Sexual themes have long been present in Dre’s music videos, album interludes, and song concepts.

Read: Dr. Dre Filming Apple’s First Scripted Television Series at The Hollywood Reporter.

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