Revolution Studios, whose roster includes such talents as Julia Roberts, Adam Sandler, and Bruce Willis, is adding a fourth key player: Ice Cube. The rapper-turned-actor has signed to star in and prod

Revolution Studios, whose roster includes such talents as Julia Roberts, Adam Sandler, and Bruce Willis, is adding a fourth key player: Ice Cube. The rapper-turned-actor has signed to star in and produce a minimum of three pictures for Revolution. Additionally, Revolution will house his production company, Cube Vision, in which he is partnered with Matt Alvarez, at its Santa Monica-based offices.

"You meet a lot of people, and you see who you really vibe with, and I vibe well with [Revolution founder] Joe Roth and [partner] Todd Garner," Ice Cube said in an interview. "I believe that a lot of good things are going to happen out of this relationship for both [Revolution and Cube Vision]. At the end of the day, we'll probably have five or six movies in the bag in a period of about three years."

The projects that have been identified so far are:

• "Are We There Yet?" a comedy that Ice Cube is attached to star in and produce with Alvarez. Ice Cube also is rewriting the material, which will see him play Nick, a playboy bachelor and sports memorabilia collector who dates a divorced mother of two young kids who never like the men their mom dates. Things go awry when Nick offers to drive the kids from Washington to New York, where their mother is stuck for work.

• "Clash," an action film written by J.P. Donahue and Kevin Polay that Ice Cube will star in and produce with Alvarez. It's about a reformed ex-con (Ice Cube) whose life is shattered when a violent gang of criminals murders his family and leaves him for dead. Brought back from the brink of death, he sets out on a mission to bring the guilty men to justice by any means necessary.

• "Willie," a drama that Ice Cube and Alvarez will executive produce. Ice Cube will star as a junior high school custodian whose life changes when he is given the chance to coach the school's basketball team. However, the school district threatens to take away the job when they find out he lacks the required teaching accreditation and a high school diploma.

Ice Cube hopes the deal will take his film career to the next level, which he said means that he will be working with more A-list talent -- including actors and directors -- and producing material on bigger budgets.

"Ice Cube is a phenomenal talent," Roth said. "As an actor, writer, producer, and musician, he reaches the same level of remarkable success." Garner added that "we see an incredible opportunity to broaden Ice Cube's already growing audience and feel that the diversity of these roles will promote that expansion."

The creator of New Line Cinema's "Friday" franchise, Ice Cube next reprises his role in MGM's "Barbershop 2," which he is executive producing with Alvarez. He recently wrapped production on Warner Bros. Pictures' "Torque."

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