A lot of people call Ice Cube a sellout for making family movies and a hypocrite for continuing to perform hard N.W.A hits on tour, but you can’t knock the West Coast dundatta’s ability to make that paper. Cube’s latest venture is teaming up with Disney for a present-day, musical Oliver Twist remake, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
If there’s anyone who can pull this off, it’s Thomas Kail, the Tony award-winning director of Hamilton. Kail will again be responsible for injecting some hip-hop sensibilities into a classic American/English story. To help with this task, he’s cast Cube as Fagin, the leader of the gang of London pickpockets that Oliver falls in with. Cube is also writing the treatment for the film along with Jeff Kwatinetz.
Disney already adapted Oliver Twist for 1988’s animated movie Oliver And Company, but this will be the first live-action version.