Ice Cube To Star In Disney Version of "Oliver Twist"
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:21:27
Ice Cube is confirmed to appear as Fagin in a new Disney film of "Oliver Twist".
The hardened N.W.A. rapper is no stranger to film, his forays into comedy in the likes of the 21 Jump Street and Are We There Yet? movies were well received. However, signing up to the Disney project is somewhat surprising for fans. He will produce and star in the studio’s new musical adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic story "Oliver Twist". The movie will be directed by Tony-Winning Thomas Kail of "Hamilton" fame.
It perhaps seems natural that Ice Cube is cast as Fagin - the street hustler and runner of the street gang of pick-pocketing kids which recruits the title character into their operation. Aside from producing and starring in the movie, the actor/rapper will write the treatment for the musical alongside fellow producer Jeff Kwatinetz.
This new version of the story - which Disney also told in their animated musical "Oliver & Company" - promises to be a departure from the traditional approach to the tale, utilizing a number of modern musical genres including hip hop.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff