Friday actor Ice Cube to star in boxing film Flint Strong

Last Updated on July 30, 2021

Actor Ice Cube has experienced a career most people only dream of. Born O'Shea Jackson in South Central Los Angeles in the late 1960s, Jackson co-founded the rap group N.W.A. in the late 1980s. Their debut album "Straight Outta Compton" was smash hit and before long Ice Cube transitioned into film with hits like BOYZ N THE HOOD and FRIDAY. Since then he's starred in over thirty movies and even been featured in a few video games. Despite Ice Cube's unqualified success, he hasn't appeared in a film since 2017's FIST FIGHT opposite Charlie Day. However, according to this latest news, that's about to change and in a big way.

Ice Cube will next star in the boxing film FLINT STRONG alongside Ryan Destiny. The film is based on the 2015 documentary T-REX. T-REX chronicled the rise of boxer Claressa "T-Rex" Shields, the first woman boxer ever to win an Olympic gold medal. Shields was also a sexual abuse survivor and a native of Flint, Michigan which you may recall has been in the news in recent years due to its contaminated water supply. Ice Cube will take on the role of Jason Crutchfield, Shields' boxing coach.

Besides Ice Cube there's some pretty heavy duty hitters behind this project. Oscar nominated cinematographer Rachel Morrison (MUDBOUND) will make her directorial debut and the script comes courtesy of Oscar winning screenwriter Barry Jenkins. In addition, noted producer Mike De Luca will produce the film under Universal's banner. The movie currently has no release date although production is suspected to get underway relatively soon.

I've always felt that in the right role Ice Cube can be a tremendous actor. He's always been adept at comedy with turns in FRIDAY, BARBERSHOP, and 21 JUMP STREET, however you can't ignore his dramatic work either. His turn as "Doughboy" in BOYZ N THE HOOD is iconic and Ice Cube's role as Staff Sergeant Chief Elgin in David O. Russell's THREE KINGS proved BOYZ N THE HOOD wasn't a fluke. This is the kind of role that could garner Ice Cube serious awards attention if done right.

Ice Cube can next be seen in the upcoming Universal film COVERS starring opposite Dakota Johnson and Tracee Ellis Ross due out later this year.

Source: Collider

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