Like Snoop Dogg, there are apparently two Ice Cubes. There’s the family friendly Ice Cube behind the sitcom “Are We There Yet” and movies like The Longshots. That’s the Ice Cube I’d like to keep in the freezer forever. Then there’s the N.W.A. veteran gangsta rapper who makes horrible movies like Lottery Ticket, but that’s the real Ice Cube, as far as I’m concerned. Well, looks like my man Friday has more projects in the pipeline.
Mr. Cube is in talks to be part of 21 Jump Street, based on the old Johnny Depp show that made him a dreamy teen idol, much to his emo-embarrassment. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs) want him to play the precinct captain, cast alongside Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. I kinda wish they’d ask him to play one of the undercove high school officers, cause he’s 41 and that would be very, very ridiculous.
In addition, Ice Cube is shopping around a movie he wrote, and would like to direct / star in. Will he also run craft services on Chrome and Paint, a gritty drama about South LA’s custom car culture? Probably not, but it’d be funny if Ice Cube didn’t trust anyone else to make potato salad, so he made it himself. Who would stop him? Hell, I wouldn’t even mess with the family friendly Ice Cube. (Deadline)