Ice Cube departs Sony film 'Oh Hell No' after studio mandates COVID vaccine

Neither Sony nor personal reps for Ice Cube provided any comments
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Rapper Ice Cube is off of Sony's Oh Hell No project after apparently declining the production's request that he be vaccinated against COVID-19.

According to reports, Cube has left the now-delayed comedy co-starring and co-produced by Jack Black which was set to film in Hawaii this winter, after requirements were set for those on set to receive the jab. Production had already been put on pause due to an extra-curricular injury received by Black.

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According to an agreement published by the Director’s Guild of America in conjunction with multiple entertainment industry unions, producers have been given the option of requiring COVID-19 vaccinations for those working on film sets in order to help stop its spread. It seems producers for Oh Hell No opted to require.

Neither Sony nor personal reps for Ice Cube provided any comments regarding his departure from the flick but The Hollywood Reporter says the studio is looking to find a replacement for Cube, who walked away from a $9 million contract. This is the second project the rapper and actor has walked from over the past few months, after dropping out of the production of the boxing flick Flint Strong with no reason given.

Cube is currently celebrating the anniversary of the release of his 1991 album Death Certificate, which turned 30 on October 31, 2021. He's also been hard at work in the studio with supergroup Mt. Westmore -- made up of himself, Snoop Dogg, Too $hort, and E-40.

While things get sorted with vaccine mandates on the movie side of things, we can at least look forward to some new tracks featuring Cube -- four albums worth, actually -- in the near future.

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