Actor Dave Franco is preparing to play the role of the enigmatic rapper Vanilla Ice in an upcoming biopic film.
"We have been in development for a while, but we are inching closer and closer to preproduction," Franco told the Insider.
To the Extreme is based on the life of Mr Rob Van Winkle -- best known the world over as the one man who can "rock a mic like a vandal, light up a stage and wax a chump like a candle" -- and is titled after the now 52-year-old rapper’s 1990 debut album of the same name.
"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,' a young Vanilla Ice struggles with stardom, extortion attempts and selling out as he makes music history," a 2018 description of the projects on The Black List reads.
Although filming is in limbo due to the global health crisis, Franco suggested he's been using his time wisely to research his role, including phone conversations with Van Winkle.
"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," he said. "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."
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