Legendary rapper O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson made his directorial debut with The Player’s Club which starred LisaRaye McCoy as exotic dancer Diana “Diamond” Armstrong. The 1998 drama became a Hip Hop cult classic and some fans want to see the story remade with contemporary performers.
Ex-stripper Draya Michele expressed interest in playing Diamond in a possible remake of The Player’s Club. Draya posted a photo of the movie’s cast to her Instagram Story with a caption that read, “This could be me in a reboot but y’all playing @icecube.”
Then Love & Hip Hop alumna Joseline Hernandez shared that she believed Draya was not the best woman for the role. Hernandez commented, “Except that she’s not #joselinescabaret everyone will agree that I’m the perfect girl to play that role @icecube.”
Now LisaRaye has offered her thoughts on the Draya Michele versus Joseline Hernandez debate. While on Fox Soul’s Cocktails With Queens, the actress spoke about the discussion over who should be cast as Diamond if filmmakers ever greenlit a new The Player’s Club.
“I do have a problem with some of the sequels. Sometimes when they’re done so well, it’s as if the first time you see it, it’s like, let Diamond be Diamond. Maybe somebody can play Cubic Zirconia,” joked LisaRaye. “Diamond was done so well so she’s still Diamond, you know what I mean? I don’t know what to say.”
The former First Lady of Turks and Caicos added, “I’ll tell you that I don’t see Joseline in that role though… Honey, she got body-ody-ody-ody for real. And I think Draya can absolutely [play Diamond]. Draya did it for Halloween, and she did it very well. She hit me, ‘Look, I’m a little you,’ And I’ve actually acted in some things with her as well.”
While she co-signed the idea of Draya stepping into her high heels shoes for another Player’s Club, LisaRaye did have another preference for the part. She stated, “I think that they would do what Cube did in the first place, he would get a ‘no-name’ because a ‘no-name’ gives you an opportunity not to compare her to anything and anybody else.”