O’Shea Jackson To Play Baseball Legend Dock Ellis In New Bio Flick – Tha Wire
Today in Tha Wire O’Shea Jackson Jr., just landed a role that could possibly solidify him as much more than, a one-movie wonder. Being the son of Rap icon/actor/director Ice Cube, has got to be enough pressure. Unfortunately just like every other offspring of superstar celeb, whether he likes it or not, a brotha's gotta lot to prove if he wants Hollywood to see him as Mr. Jackson and not Cube's son. He's damn sure off to a good start, with the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton under his belt. No doubt about it he's got the skills. With the support of dad and his own talent, I got a feeling we're gonna be seeing a lot of O'Shea when it comes to the big and little screen. Matter of fact Jr. is looking to fill some more big shoes, in his upcoming movie. Get the scoop below!
Speaking of which, Deadline reports the 26-year old is set to portray legendary baseball pitcher, Dock Ellis, in a new biopic bound for theaters Dock. As no surprise production for the he movie is being done by his famous dads, Cube Vision Productions. So far there's no confirmation as to whether or not Cube will be the direct the flick. The biopic is still in the early stages of production, so time will tell. Though a premiere date hasn't been announced just yet, some info on the script has been revealed.
The story will picks up at the height of the famous pitcher's career, highlighting the time he threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on June 12, 1970. One of the films producers, David Permut, raved about how compelling the storyline was and said O'Shea is perfect for the role. Joey Poach created the script, and Permut said it was the best he's read in years. Ellis had an interesting life and was a gifted pitcher. He was also an addict. About 10-years after one of his biggest moments in baseball, Ellis, shocked the world when confessed being high on LSD that day. The baseball legend went a step further and admitted he'd never pitched a game sober.
He would ultimately defeat his demons by going to rehab, and later became a counselor for other athletes until his death in 2008. Dock Ellis died of liver disease at the age of 63. I can't wait to see how O'Shea brings the late Pittsburgh Pirates' story to life. This film has all the makings of a blockbuster hit. As always I will keep you posted with any updates. Get the daily scoop on all things entertainment with Tha Wire, and only on The People's Station 107 Jamz.