Ice Cube to play Fagin in hip-hop re-boot of Oliver Twist

Check yo self: the N.W.A rapper has been cast as a villain

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Ice Cube is set to produce and star in a hip-hop adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist.

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The N.W.A rapper from the mean streets of California will be playing Fagin, the leader of a gang of pickpockets who exploits orphans like Oliver Twist for their labour. 

The novel was first adapted into a stage musical in 1960 and then into a successful film in 1968, winning five Oscars. Fagin was last portrayed superbly by Sir Ben Kingsley in the Roman Polanski remake in 2005.

Ice Cube’s re-boot, which is being made by Disney, will reportedly be a modern treatment of the story and will include a few different musical genres, including hip-hop.

It will be produced through the rapper’s Cube Vision company which made Straight Outta Compton last year, and directed by Thomas Kail, who won a Tony for his 2012 musical Hamilton.

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Before you see Ice Cube and his signature “screwface” in Oliver Twist, he’s next starring in Fist Fight which is due for release next March.