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The production team behind “Dirty White Boy“, the slated biopic of late, great and always-colorful rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard, reportedly wants members of the Wu-Tang Clan to star in the piece as themselves. This is the word according actor Michael K. Williams, who has been tapped to play the lead role in the film and who has achieved Hollywood respectability via his roles as Omar Little in “The Wire” and Albert “Chalky” White in “Boardwalk Empire”.
And why not? The casting decision would enhance the film’s authenticity and credibility and makes sense given the Clan’s extensive acting experience. Recent, notable Clan movie credits include Ghostface Killah in 2007’s “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” RZA in 2009’s “Funny People” and Method Man in this year’s “Red Tails“.
However, GZA‘s representatives have confirmed that the rapper will not be lending his theatrical talents to the project. No specific reason is given, and no information has surfaced regarding who may portray him. Might we suggest a Ludacris or Tracy Morgan?
“Dirty White Boy” will see Joaquin Baca-Asay making his directorial debut and will be produced by Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy and Tod Hagopian. It will primarily detail the relationship between Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Jarred Weisfeld, a former VH1 production assistant who eventually became the rapper’s manager. According to Williams, the film will “cover the last two years of his (ODB’s) life when he was released from prison to the day he died. It’s just an insight into what he struggled with in the public eye.”