Dave Franco Will Play Vanilla Ice In New Biopic About Rapper's Life
Dave Franco has revealed he will be portraying Vanilla Ice in a feature film about the rapper's life.
There have been a string of biopics over the past few years, with big mention to Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody and Elton John in Rocketman, and it seems like that trend is set to continue with the 'Ice, Ice Baby' singer.
During an interview with Insider, Franco was asked about the project and he said: "We have been in development for a while but we are inching closer and closer to preproduction."
The 35-year-old intends to do the film in the style of The Disaster Artist, which was a biopic about the iconic Tommy Wiseau, who wrote, produced, directed and starred in the cult classic The Room.
"With that movie, people expected us to make a broad comedy where we make fun of Tommy Wiseau, but the more real we played it, the funnier and heartfelt it was - that's the tone we want for this one as well," Franco said.
Dave says he's been in constant contact with Vanilla Ice, real name Robert Matthew Van Winkle, during the coronavirus pandemic.
"Rob is such a sweet and intelligent guy and he's been super helpful in the process of getting all the details correct and making us privy to information the public doesn't know," Franco said.
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"Just talking to him I can't help but think about the rabbit holes I'm going to go down to get ready for the role."
Rumours began circulating about the biopic last year when a listing was posted trade publication Production Weekly.
The film will be called To The Extreme, which is named after Vanilla Ice's 1990 album.
The listing provided a small synopsis for the film, which said: "From a high school dropout selling cars in Dallas to having the first hip-hop single to top the Billboard charts with 'Ice Ice Baby,' a young Vanilla Ice struggles with stardom, extortion attempts and selling out as he makes music history."
To be fair, the rapper has had an impressive career after shooting to stardom. While he might only have a few tracks that are instantly recognisable, there's no shortage of content to delve into.
No release date has been given for the project so we'll have to wait and see if there are any juicy details that come out over the next few months.
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