Rita Ora is in talks to play the ARTFUL DODGER in Oliver Twist remake

Rita Ora is in talks to play the ARTFUL DODGER in Oliver Twist remake after ‘really impressing’ the casting team… amid claims Adele will play Nancy and Ice Cube will star as Fagin

Rita Ora is in talks to star as the Artful Dodger in a new version of Oliver Twist.

The Hot Right Now hitmaker, 28, is eyeing the role as the cunning pickpocketer to help boost her profile as an actress while reports are continuing to circulate claiming that Adele will play Nancy and Ice Cube will star as Fagin.

Insiders revealed to The Sun that aspiring actress Rita, who previously starred in the Fifty Shades Of Grey trilogy, has ‘really impressed’ producers for the forthcoming reboot of the Charles Dickens-inspired movie.

Got to pick a pocket or two! Rita Ora is in talks to star as the Artful Dodger in a new version of Oliver Twist

Rita has been throwing herself into acting while also juggling her work in both fashion and her lengthy singing career. 

Now it seems her acting star is on the rise as she is in talks for the iconic role.  

Insiders told The Sun: ‘Rita has held discussions about the role and reckons it could really help cement her as a credible actress…

‘The film is going to be considerably different from the original, but her character will be loosely based on the Artful Dodger…

All star: The Hot Right Now hitmaker, 28, is eyeing the role as the cunning pickpocketer to help boost her profile as an actress (Jack Wild pictured in 1968’s Oliver!) 


More boy!? Rita’s new job will no doubt propel her further into stardom (left, Rita, right, Jack Wild)

‘The talks are ongoing but she is eager to make it happen and the casting team have been really impressed with Rita so far. The film is going to be massive and there is already a lot of buzz around it in the industry so it’s very exciting for her.’

It has been reported that the movie idea was first suggested in 2017 yet was axed, although talks have now been sparked once more. 

When reports initially surfaced, it was claimed Rapper Ice Cube is believed to be playing gang boss Fagin, while last year it was revealed that Adele had been approached to be part of the movie as Nancy. 

New path? Insiders told The Sun: ‘Rita has held discussions about the role and reckons it could really help cement her as a credible actress’


Who’s who? When reports initially surfaced, it was claimed Rapper Ice Cube (left) is believed to be playing gang boss Fagin, who was played by Ron Moody in 1968 (right)

Speaking about Adele’s role last year, insiders said: ‘Bosses are still really keen to get Adele on board. They know she has a world class voice but want to see if she can sustain that while also acting and dancing.

‘It’s going to be a huge production and they need to cast the right people with enough stamina.’

Previous incarcerations of Charles Dickens’ 1839 novel include the 1968 film Oliver!, featuring Jack Wild in Rita’s prospective role.

MailOnline has contacted Rita’s representatives for comment. 

Former stars: Previous incarcerations of Charles Dickens’ 1839 novel include the 1968 film Oliver!, featuring Jack Wild in Rita’s prospective role

Last month, Rita revealed to Marie Claire that she has been taking acting classes alongside her A-list pals in Hollywood. 

She said: ‘Well, there are only a few acting coaches that everyone goes to in LA, so it’s nice to have some friends who’ll do it with me, like Cara…

‘There are lots of well-known people there, actually. It’s more improv than scripted. I was scared the first few times, but it’s so fun.’ 


All star? Last year it was revealed that Adele (left) had been approached to be part of the movie as Nancy, who was played by Shani Wallis in Oliver! (right) Both the stars hail from Tottenham

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