Ice Cube drops film due to Covid vaccine
Like many other businesses and industries, Covid-19 vaccines are becoming mandatory on many Hollywood productions. This week, a Hollywood movie star left a draft – and a $ 9 million paycheck – on the Covid-19 vaccination request before filming began.
The actor is Ice Cube; the film is a comedy titled – somewhat ironically – Oh hell no. Cube was scheduled to star in the film alongside Jack Black, but has now dropped out of the role. Here is more information via Hollywood journalist:
Ice Cube and Black teamed up on the project in June. The Sony film was looking to shoot this winter in Hawaii with Kitao Sakurai, the filmmaker behind Netflix’s breakout comedy Bad Trip, in the director’s seat. The producers of Oh Hell No have asked that the actors of the project should be vaccinated.
Over the summer, studios and various professional guilds that work on Hollywood productions struck a deal that allows vaccination warrants in what’s known as “Zone A” – which includes the main cast, who can’t usually not happen while wearing a mask or socially distancing yourself.
Oh hell no is not the first Hollywood production affected by Covid vaccines, or the lack thereof. In July, Sean Penn announced that he would not be returning to work on his limited series Starz. Gas lit until everyone on the production is vaccinated. Penn compromised with the studio and eventually returned to work on the series in late September, only working with vaccinated team members. As for Oh hell no, Sony is now looking for an actor to replace Ice Cube.