“Omar” From The Wire To Portray Ol’ Dirty Bastard In New Biopic
Michael K. William has been tapped to play the role of late Wu-Tang Clan member, Ol’ Dirty Bastard in a new film covering the final years of the eccentric rapper’s life, according to Entertainment Weekly. The movie, titled, Dirty White Boy, will center around the rapper’s relationship with Jarred Weisfeld, a former VH1 Production assistant who became Dirt McGirt’s manager following his final prison stint in the early 2000’s. DWB will depict the last few years of ODB’s life as he attempted to make a comeback before succumbing to a fatal overdose in 2004 at the age of 35.
Williams, 45, who played the feared, man loving gangster Omar Little on the award-winning HBO series The Wire, will have a difficult job ahead of him portraying the quirky rapper. He should be up for the task. Since his well received role on, The Wire, he has played in numerous films including, Miracle At St. Anna, The Road, Brooklyn’s Finest and most recently the HBO series Boardwalk Empire.
Dirty White Boy, will be directed by first time director, Joaquin Baca-Asay. Baca-Asay is known for his work on the films Super Troopers and 2007s, We Own The Night, starring Mark Wahlberg and Eva Mendes. He also did the cinematography Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” video.
This is the second film about the fallen rapper’s life currently in pre-production. Thee other film on ODB that is rumored to be starring either Tracy Morgan or Eddie Griffin. According to XXL, a spokesperson for the rapper’s family has stated neither of these films have be given the OK from ODB’s estate and are therefore unofficial biopics.
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