Ice Cube’s son, O’Shea Jackson Jr, has just scored the role of a lifetime and will be playing a major sports figurehead.
This Straight Outta Compton star will be casted as MLB pitcher Dock Ellis in an upcoming movie about his life.
Ice Cube, Jeff Kwatinetz and David Permut (producer of Hacksaw Ridge) will be producing the film. They acquired the script called “Dock” from writer Joey Poach last November and will be working with Dock’s son as a consultant for the film.
For those of you that are unfamiliar with him, Dock Ellis played in the major leagues for 12 years. Nine of those years were with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was a strong advocate for Black players and fought hard for racial equality in the leagues. He got a bad reputation after he retired from rumor that he pitched a no-hitter in 1970 because he was high on LSD.
Later, Ellis stated that he hadn’t played a single game sober, and sought out treatment for his chemical dependency of alcohol and drugs. For the rest of his life, he mentored others that struggled with chemical dependency, especially athletes.
Unfortunately, he died from a liver ailment in 2008 at age 63.
Ellis’ biopic will be the first developed under a partnership with Ice Cube’s production company, Cube Vision, AID Partners, and a Hong Kong media investment company.
No release date has been announced yet.