Screen Gems has set Ice Cube to star in First Sunday, an urban-themed comedy that marks the feature directing debut of playwright David E. Talbert, says Variety.
Matt Alvarez, Ice Cube, David McIlvain, Julie Yorn and Talbert are the producers of the co-production between Cube Vision and the Firm. Ronald G. Muhammed, Tim Story and Stacy Cramer executive produce.
Talbert's script casts Cube as one of two men who bungle an attempt to heist money from a church. They wind up taking its parishioners hostage, and those churchgoers slowly convert the robbers to see the error of their ways.
Filming will begin May 14 in Los Angeles and Baltimore, with the movie to be released to coincide with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend.