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Ice Cube to Star in New Take on ‘A Christmas Carol,’ ‘Humbug’

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Ice Cube to Star in New Take on ‘A Christmas Carol,’ ‘Humbug’

Ice Cube’s had “A Good Day,” but he may be in for a long night: Deadline reports that the actor/legendary rapper is set to star in “Humbug,” the latest contemporary take on Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Cube will take the role of “a wealthy real estate mogul shown a path to redemption by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future;” the film’s take on famous fictional miser Ebenezer Scrooge.

The movie is slated to be directed by Tim Story, who has collaborated with Cube a number of times in the past, on films including “Barbershop,” “Ride Along” and the upcoming “Ride Along 2,” scheduled for release in January 2016. Cube is riding a crest of recent publicity due to hit biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” which was released last month and has grossed $181.3 million worldwide on a reported $28 million budget. In the film, Ice Cube was played by his real-life son, O’Shea Jackson, Jr.

Riffs on “A Christmas Carol” have become frequent in pop culture — including 1988’s Bill Murray comedy “Scrooged” and 1992’s “Muppet Christmas Carol.” Ice Cube is reportedly expected to make an “eight-figure salary” from the film.

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