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Dave Franco to play Vanilla Ice in upcoming biopic

By | Published on Friday 24 July 2020

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You know which pop star is crying out for a biopic? That’s right, Vanilla Ice. The rapper is set to be played on the big screen by Dave Franco, co-star of ‘The Disaster Artist’, the 2017 film about the making of the much derided movie ‘The Room’.

“We have been in development for a while but we are inching closer and closer to pre-production”, Franco tells Insider, adding that his approach to the Vanilla Ice film is similar to that of ‘The Disaster Artist’: “With that movie, people expected us to make a broad comedy where we make fun of [‘The Room’ director] Tommy Wiseau, but the more real we played it, the funnier and [more] heartfelt it was – that’s the tone we want for this one as well”.

Vanilla Ice himself – real name Rob Van Winkle – has been assisting Franco in preparing for the role. He explains: “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. 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”.

Speaking to Van Winkle himself is probably a good plan, because the other option would be to read his short (but still very entertaining) 1991 autobiography ‘Ice By Ice: The Vanilla Ice Story In His Own Words’, which was fairly light on detail. Also, it was written too early in his career to cover his later achievements, you know, like working with Jedward.