In an interview with Insider, Dave Franco confirmed he’ll be portraying Vanilla Ice in a film titled To The Extreme. “We have been in development for a while but we are inching closer and closer to pre production,” the 35-year-old actor said.
In 2019, Franco was rumored to be involved in the biopic after his name surfaced in a listing on the trade publication Production Weekly. His chat with Insider corroborated the rumors and revealed he’s spoken with Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Rob Van Winkle, in preparation for the movie.
“Rob is such a sweet and intelligent guy. He’s been super helpful in the process of getting all the details correct and making us privy to information the public doesn’t know,” Franco said. “Just talking to him I can’t help but think about the rabbit holes. I’m going to go down to get ready for the role.”
Vanilla Ice is best known for his breakthrough single “Ice Ice Baby”, which became the first rap song to ever reach No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Although “Ice Ice Baby” and “To The Extreme” established Vanilla Ice as a star in 1990. His career fizzled out just a few years and left him labeled as a one-hit wonder.