KUALA LUMPUR, July 23 Hollywood actor Dave Franco is preparing to rock a microphone like a vandal to play Vanilla Ice in the upcoming biopic about the ’90s rapper in To the extreme.
In a recent interview with Insider, the 35-year-old actor said he sees the project as the one from 2017 The artist of disaster, which starred him and his older brother James Franco, and centered on the creation of actor Tommy Wiseaus Bedroom.
With this movie people were expecting us to do a great comedy where we made fun of Tommy Wiseau, but the more we played it, the funnier and more sincere, that’s also the tone we want. for this one, Franco said.
Speaking of the To the extreme biopic, Franco said it will highlight the rise of rappers 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, the definitive story of Cinderella from the 90s.
Named after Vanilla Ice’s album which spent 16 weeks at the top of the Billboard charts and sold 15 million albums worldwide, To the extreme was written by screenwriters Chris Goodwin and Phillip Van.
However, the project still does not have an attached director or a start date due to the global pandemic.
Despite the delay caused by the outbreak, Franco said he had several phone calls with Vanilla Ice, real name Rob Van Winkle, while stranded at home.
Rob is such a nice and smart guy and he’s been very helpful in getting all the details right and letting us know information the public doesn’t know.
Just talking to him, I can’t help but think of the rabbit holes I’m going to go down to prepare for the role, he added.
Franco also hinted that they’ve been in development for a while and are getting closer to pre-production.
For now, Franco is set for the July 24 release of Location, his directorial debut with his wife Alison Brie.