Ice Cube departs Jack Black comedy 'Oh Hell No' after declining COVID-19 immunization.
Ice Cube has been left out in the cold due to his refusal to be vaccinated.
Due to COVID-19 rules, the rapper, actor, and entrepreneur has withdrawn from a new film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ice Cube (real name O'Shea Jackson) has reportedly dropped out of Sony's next comedy, "Oh Hell No," after refusing to be vaccinated in response to producers' request.
The film studio and representatives for the former NWA member did not respond to an industry trade publication's request for comment.
"Oh Hell No," directed by Kitao Sakurai, is co-produced by Jack Black, who stars as a man who falls in love with the mother of another man. Ice Cube was reportedly committed to the movie — for a reputed $9 million payday — before Black was involved.
The film was scheduled to begin shooting in Hawaii this winter, with a June 2022 release date set by Sony.
According to reports, producers required that all cast members be vaccinated prior to participating.
Ice Cube, who starred in and produced "Friday," "Barbershop," and "Ride Along," also left "Flint Strong," a boxing drama scripted by "Moonlight" director Barry Jenkins, for unclear reasons.
While the hip hop icon's position on immunizations is unclear, the Compton, Calif., native has advocated for mask-swearing during the pandemic, which has claimed over 700,000 lives in the United States.
He donated 2,000 face masks to Oklahoma's Bacone College over the summer.
In April 2020, the 52-year-old father of five joined with Black Out to produce "Check Yo Self Before You Wreck Yo Self" T-shirts, with proceeds supporting underfunded hospitals and nurses throughout the country's inner cities and rural areas.