The Ride Along star has teamed up with Tommy Kail, the Tony Award-winning director of Broadway smash Hamilton, for a modern, musical take on the literary classic.

Veteran movie producers Marc Platt and Jeff Kwatinetz will produce alongside Ice Cube, who is attached to play thief mentor Fagin - the role portrayed by Ron Moody in the 1968 Carol Reed movie musical Oliver!

Ice Cube and Kwatinetz are also developing the script for the new film, which will feature a hip-hop soundtrack.

Director Kail collaborated with Lin-Manuel Miranda on the rapper-composer’s musicals In the Heights and Hamilton. He also directed TV special Grease Live!, which aired in America earlier this year (16).