Ice Cube Discusses Chris Tucker Reprising ‘Smokey’ Role In New ‘Friday’ Movie

By Allen Starbury  |  03/07/2012

Ice Cube and Chris Tucker in FridayIce Cube revealed plans for a new movie in his "Friday" film franchise last year, and has just recently discussed the film even further, confirming rumors that he is, in fact, hoping to bring Chris Tucker back to reprise his role as "Smokey."

In an interview with Sway Calloway's SiriusXM show, Sway In The Morning, Cube confirmed that a new "Friday" is in the works... but says it's still in the beginning stages.

"We was waiting on New Line to cut a check. They did that, and now, I'm writing the next 'Friday' movie," he told Sway. "To me, it's really about not asking Chris [Tucker] over and over again. It's about putting the script in his hand and getting the ball rollin' for real. He's not gonna say yes until he see the script and like what he's doing in the new movie. That, to me, is the next step."

When asked about Tucker's life changes, becoming a born-again Christian, Cube made it clear that he wouldn't change the direction of the film ... for anybody. But, hopes Tucker would consider coming aboard and it trying to make it happen.

"I'm not gonna bend the movie out of wack... for anybody," the rapper explained. "'Friday' movies are loved by a whole lot of people. My thing is to stay true to the movie. If [Chris] wants to be a part of it, we got open arms for him. If not, we still gonna be funny.

"I love Chris, I want him to do the movie. I think his fans want it. Ultimately, that's what we in the business for: to please our fans and the people who've supported us all these years -- to give them what they want, not just give them what we want to give them."

Also during interview, Cube also confirmed rumors of a biopic on pioneering gangsta rap group, N.W.A., admitting that the project is actually farther along than a new "Friday."

According to Cube, the script to the film was completed with input from all living members, and the next step is to find a director.

As far as rumors that Lil Eazy-E and his sons being the film, Cube says nothing's confirmed, but if they want the part, they'll have to earn it just like any other actor -- through an audition.