O'Shea Jackson Set to Portray Baseball Legend Dock Ellis

Posted 2017/06/13 0 0

Ice Cube's actor son O'Shea Jackson is set to portray famed baseball pitcher Dock Ellis in a new biopic.

 

One of the greatest sports anecdotes of all time is now being made into a feature film, as Deadline reports that O’Shea Jackson, Jr., who played his famous father Ice Cube in Straight Outta Compton, has been tapped for the starring role in Dock, a movie about former Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher and all-around fascinating dude Dock Ellis.

Ellis, who confessed he had never pitched a game sober, played in the major leagues for 12 years, nine with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and was an outspoken advocate for African-American players, continuing Jackie Robinson’s fight for racial equality in Major League Baseball. He gained notoriety after he retired by disclosing that he had pitched a no-hitter in 1970 while high on LSD.

Ellis played on World Series champion teams in 1971 with the Pirates and in 1976 with the New York Yankees. He retired in 1979 and subsequently admitted that he had never pitched a game sober and ultimately sought treatment for his alcohol and drug addiction. He then dedicated the rest of his life to counseling those suffering from substance abuse problems specializing in counseling professional athletes before dying of a liver ailment in 2008 at the age of 63.

David Permut, Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube are producing. A director has yet to be announced, but the script was penned by Joey Poach.

"Joey Poach's script is one of the most heartfelt, honest and emotional pieces of material I've read in years, and I think the complexities of the character are a perfect fit for O'Shea," Permut declares in a statement.

The baseball biopic will mark the second movie project Ice Cube and his son will have worked on together as Jackson played a younger version of the hip-hop icon in another real-life story, 2015's Straight Outta Compton, which chronicled the musician's rise to fame in his band N.W.A. Ice Cube, real name O'Shea Jackson, Sr., also served as a producer on that film.

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