Screen Gems has set Ice Cube to star in First Sunday, an urban-themed comedy that marks the feature directing debut of playwright David E. Talbert, according to Variety.
Matt Alvarez, Ice Cube, David McIlvain, Julie Yorn and Talbert are the producers of the co-production between Cube Vision and the Firm.
Talbert's script casts Cube as one of two men who bungle an attempt to heist money from a church. They wind up taking its parishioners hostage, and those churchgoers slowly convert the robbers to see the error of their ways.
Filming will begin May 14 in Los Angeles and Baltimore, with the movie to be released to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.
Ice Cube most recently completed Are We Done Yet?, the Steve Carr-directed sequel to his hit comedy Are We There Yet?; Sony will release the film this spring. Ice Cube is also developing Welcome Back, Kotter at the Weinstein Co., but First Sunday will be his next film.