Ice Cube Joins Oren Moverman's Cop Drama Rampart

By Katey Rich 2010-04-28 12:25:24discussion comments
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Ice Cube is making his directorial debut at the Tribeca Film Festival right now with his documentary Straight Outta L.A., about the relationship between his rap group N.W.A. and the football team the Oakland Raiders. In case the title didn't tell you, Cube is an L.A. guy, and he's going to prove it again for The Messenger director Oren Moverman.

Deadline Hollywood reports that Cube will join the cast of Rampart, the police drama that Moverman is directing from James Ellroy's novel (Ellroy is writing the adpatation). Moverman is reuniting his Messenger stars Woody Harrelson and Ben Foster to play cops, and Cube will play a homicide detective assigned to investigate Harrelson's dirty cop character. Just as Straight Outta L.A. documents the atmosphere in the city when N.W.A. got started in the mid-80s, Rampart is based on the actual problem of corruption within the Los Angeles Police Department in the early 90s.

His contributions to music aside, Ice Cube's acting career has been pretty sketchy, ranging from Anaconda to last year's The Janky Promoters. I love the idea of his bringing his authentic knowledge of early-90s L.A. to this film, and of Moverman getting a good performance out of a guy we know has more acting talent than he's been showing lately. Prepare for many, many, many more Straight Outta L.A. references to come.
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