Faded rapper Vanilla Ice is turning to theatre in a new drive to re-launch his career - he's in line to star in the London production of CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG.

Vanilla Ice, real name ROBERT VAN WINKLE, is reportedly in talks with the show's producers to replace ex-BOYZONE singer Stephen Gately in the villainous role of THE CHILD CATCHER next year (05).

Following his success on British reality TV show THE FARM earlier this year (04), Vanilla Ice's celebrity has been boasted - a factor which has persuaded Chitty Chitty Bang Bang bosses he's big enough to capture large West End crowds.

23/11/2004 02:37