Movie fans will be able to hear Ice Cube say “Bah humbug” soon as he’s set to play the role of Scrooge in Humbug, the modern telling of A Christmas Carol.
Cube is known for playing a grouch in films like Friday, Ride Along and the Barbershop series so it’s a perfect fit for the anti-Christmas crank.
According to Deadline, the “It Was a Good Day” rapper will play a wealthy real estate mogul, in lieu of being a business store owner, before he’s haunted by the ghosts: Past, Present and Yet-to-Come.
The former N.W.A. member, whose still racking in dollars from co-producing the highly successful biopic, Straight Outta Compton, will bring in an eight-figure salary for the role, according to the movie news site. He’ll also be acting as a co-producer for Humbug along with Jeff Kwatinetz and Jones & Jones.
He’ll also be teaming up with Tim Story, the director behind Ride Along and Barbershop, for the remake of the classic play. But before it hits theaters, the two have the Ride Along sequel due to be released during Martin Luther King Jr. weekend in January 2016.
A Christmas Carol dates back to 1843, when it was released by Charles Dickens and has been remade hundreds of times. Some notable versions include A Diva’s Christmas Carol with Vanessa Williams as the title role and Scrooged with Bill Murray. There’s even a Looney Tunes version. We’re surely looking forward to see how Story and Cube reinvent the always timely story for the holidays. Although fans will have to wait for it’s rumored release in 2017.