Would we ever have imagined that, 30 years after the discharge of “Ice Ice Baby,” we’d nonetheless be writing about Vanilla Ice? Simply in the previous couple of years we’ve seen the rapper get arrested for housebreaking, go viral from tweeting inside a quarantined airplane, and have his single coated by the solid of TV’s hottest present. Hell, it was only some weeks in the past that he canceled a Fourth of July live performance that might’ve made attendees sicker than a toxic mushroom. The child don’t play.
Now it seems Ice (née Rob Van Winkle) is getting the biopic remedy from somebody versed in telling the tales of offbeat cultural icons. Dave Franco, who co-starred in The Catastrophe Artist, will play the rapper in To The Excessive, a 2018 Black Record script that, per Franco, will quickly head into pre-production. This information was quietly introduced final yr, it seems, however the actor opened up in regards to the function in a brand new interview with Insider.
At the start, he says, don’t count on successful piece or an over-the-top rendition of Ice. To The Excessive, per Franco, will exude the identical type of vibes that The Catastrophe Artist did in its depiction of gonzo auteur Tommy Wiseau. “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 stated.
Chris Goodwin and Phillip Van’s script chronicles Van Winkle’s struggles with “stardom, extortion attempts, and selling out” because it follows him from being “a high school dropout selling used cars in Dallas to having the first hip hop single to top the Billboard charts.” We stay up for seeing who they solid as Suge Knight.
Franco additionally says he’s been spending a while attending to know Van Winkle in anticipation of the movie. “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 stated. “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.”
Dunk on Van Winkle all you need, however the man’s lived a tumultuous and eventful life that’s wealthy in battle, whether or not it’s the stabbings and drug abuse or the psychological reckoning that comes with being each a history-maker and a punchline. He’s in good fingers with Franco, although. Not solely was The Catastrophe Artist well-regarded—not by us, however nonetheless—however Franco’s directorial debut, The Rental, demonstrates that the younger artist’s abilities are far-ranging.
However To The Excessive, like nearly every thing in Hollywood proper now, will keep on maintain so long as the coronavirus haunts the air. Will it ever cease? Yo, we don’t know.