A connoisseur of all things entertainment business-related, Ice Cube is currently in negotiations to join Sony’s upcoming 21 Jump Street film. Reports are surfacing that Mr. Cube is poised to take on the role of precinct captain (a part turned by Steven Williams in the television series). If the deal goes through, the former N.W.A. member turned actor/writer/producer/director will join a cast that already features Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, 21 Jump Street is scheduled to begin shooting this April with a March 16th, 2012 release in mind. For more on the film, check out an interview Steve did with producer Neal Moritz by clicking here.
In addition to potentially joining 21 Jump Street, it looks as if Ice Cube is also getting things in order for a new project he wrote entitled Chrome and Paint. For more on that film, hit the jump.
According to Deadline, Ice Cube is currently shopping his original script Chrome and Paint as both a starring and directing vehicle for, you guessed it, himself. The report suggests that Cube would like to have the film in place at a studio within the next two weeks, just in time to shoot in late summer of this year.
In case the title hasn’t shed enough light on the project’s contents, Chrome and Paint centers on the world of car customization in South Central L.A. Deadline refers to the project as a “gritty Boyz N’ the Hood-style drama” and describes its subtext as pertaining to “the temptation to place materialism above all else.”
If all goes according to plan, Chrome and Paint will act as Ice Cube’s first feature directorial work since 1998’s The Players Club. Most recently, he directed the documentary Straight Outta L.A. as part of ESPN’s terrific sports-documentary series 30 for 30. As for his acting career, Cube has an upcoming role alongside Woody Harrelson, Steve Buscemi, Ben Foster, Sigourney Weaver, and Robin Wright in Oren Moverman’s crime drama Rampart. He is also slated to appear alongside nearly every citizen of Hollywood in the romantic comedy New Year’s Eve.