MGM’s Barbershop franchise is getting ready to reopen. Deadline reports that Ice Cube, fresh off the success of recent hits like Ride Along and 21 Jump Street, is currently in negotiations for Barbershop 3. Cedric the Entertainer and Queen Latifah are also being sought to reprise their respective roles.
Ride Along helmer Tim Story directed the original 2002 comedy with Cube starring as Calvin Palmer, Jr., a man who inherited a South Side Chicago barbershop from his father. He spends his normal days working in the shop, interacting with co-workers and the surrounding community.
Cube and Cedric the Entertainer starred in both the original film and the 2004 sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan. That film also featured a “guest appearance” by Queen Latifah, who then headlined the Barbershop franchise spinoff, Beauty Shop in 2005.
Cube is also set to produce the third Barbershop alongside Matt Alvarez, Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr.