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Ice Cube in talks for ’21 Jump Street’

Actor to star opposite Jonah Hill, Channing Tatum in Sony pic

Ice Cube is in negotiations to join the cast of Columbia Pictures’ contempo treatment of “21 Jump Street.”

Thesp would star alongside topliners Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum, who portray a pair of undercover cops working in high schools and colleges. Ice Cube would play the duo’s leader, Captain Dickson.

“21 Jump Street” is based on the popular 1980s Fox Broadcasting series, with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller directing from a script by Michael Bacall.

Sony means the film to be a star vehicle for Hill and Tatum; both will exec produce as well.

Neal H. Moritz serves as producer with the late Stephen J. Cannell, who co-created and exec produced the series and will receive posthumous credit. Col prexy of production Hannah Minghella and Jonathan Kadin oversee the project for Sony.

Pic is slated to start production in late April.

Ice Cube stars in the recently wrapped “Rampart,” from helmer Oren Moverman, and he is currently lensing Warner Bros.’ romantic comedy ensembler “New Year’s Eve.”

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