Hip-hop icon and founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan Ol’ Dirty Bastard is set to be the subject of not one, but two, upcoming biopics – and we’ve got casting news for one of them.
Actor Michael K. Williams will play the late MC in Joaquín Baca-Asay’s upcoming Dirty White Boy according to EW. We love this casting. Williams, best known for his work in The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, seems perfectly suited to play the troubled ODB.
Dirty White Boy focuses on the last few years of the rapper’s life, chronicling the bizarre relationship between the Wu-Tang member and Jarred Weisfeld, a 22-year-old VH1 production assistant who eventually became the ODB’s manager. The role of Weisfeld remains unfilled, but we suspect the usual assortment of 20-30-year-old white male actors will get serious consideration. IndieWire imagines someone like Shia LaBeouf or Jonah Hill in the role. We would be okay with Hill – but LaBeouf? Pass.
No word yet on when Dirty White Boy will begin shooting, but it’s in a race to the finish line with another ODB project (that one penned by his cousin RaeShawn). Early buzz for that project has Eddie Griffin and Tracy Morgan as the frontrunners to take on the role of Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
We’ll bring you more as details surrounding both of these projects come to light. In the meantime, let us know who you think should star alongside Williams in the upcoming feature.