O’Shea Jackson Jr. to Play Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Dock Ellis in New Biopic
Straight Outta Compton star O’Shea Jackson Jr. can now add another biopic to his credits. The son of Ice Cube has been cast as MLB player Dock Ellis— the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher who famously threw a no-hitter while high on LSD.
According to a report from Deadline, the film, which is called Dock, will be produced by David Permut, Jeff Kwatinetz and Ice Cube and is the first project from the rapper’s Cube Vision. The script will be handled by Joey Poach.
“Joey Poach’s script is one of the most heartfelt, honest and emotional pieces of material I’ve read in years, and I think the complexities of the character are a perfect fit for O’Shea,” said Kwatinetz.
“Part of Cube Vision’s mission is to bring compelling, provocative and timely stories to life,” Kwatinetz added. “With Dock, we feel that now is the right time to tell Dock Ellis’ complex, but powerful, true story and couldn’t be happier to partner with David Permut, whose incredible body of work speaks for itself.”
A Major League pitcher from 1968 through 1979, Ellis threw a no-hitter with the Pirates in 1970. According to the pitcher, he was under the influence of LSD for that game and said he only remembers “bits and pieces of the game.”