EXCLUSIVE: There’s another new customer in New Line/MGM’s Barbershop 3. Actor-comic Deon Cole has joined the cast of the threequel opposite Ice Cube, Common and Cedric the Entertainer. He’ll play Dante, a fixture at the shop who shares his pithy comments on any subject under the sun, even though his cultural references are a few years out of date. His casting comes a day after Common secured a role in the pic.
Malcolm D. Lee, the director behind The Best Man films, is helming Barbershop 3. Cube Vision is producing, and MGM will run production. Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr of State Street Pictures are the lead producers. The script is by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. The first two Barbershop films were released by MGM; the original grossed $75 million domestic in 2002 and the 2004 sequel groomed $65 million. The new pic doesn’t have a release date.
Cole recurs as Charlie on ABC’s breakout comedy Black-ish and is a correspondent and Emmy-nominated writer for TBS’ late-night entry Conan. He also has a regular role on TBS’ upcoming Rashida Jones comedy Angie Tribeca. Cole is repped by APA and Kirsten Ames Management.