Ice Cube to Co-write, Produce, and Star As Fagin in Oliver Twist

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Here’s a sentence for you: “Disney Studios is teaming up with Ice Cube and Tommy Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, for a modern and musical take on Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.” And by teaming up, The Hollywood Reporter specifically means Ice Cube will co-produce a new film version of Twist, that he will also appear in as Fagin, the leader of a pickpocket gang in London who takes in the orphan after he escapes a life of being a child laborer. And in case it didn't sink in before, yes, this will be a musical, and Ice Cube is helping to write the screen treatment with producer Jeff Kwatinetz. But does that mean there will be rapping in the new Oliver Twist? According to THR, the project will be “a modern musical with sources describing it as crossing many genres, including hip-hop,” and we're taking that as a yes. Who could have predicted in 1990, the same year he released his debut solo EP called Kill at Will, that Ice Cube would grow into being the cuddliest, most family-friendly alumnus of the seminal hip-hop group N.W.A. A merry old gentleman indeed!