Boardwalk Empire star Michael K. Williams is set to play tragic Wu-Tang Clan rapper OL' DIRTY BASTARD in a new biopic.
The actor will portray the Ghetto Superstar hitmaker in Dirty White Boy, an upcoming film which will centre on the final years of the hip-hop star's life. The project will largely focus on Ol' Dirty Bastard's friendship with Jarred Weisfeld, an inexperienced production assistant, who charmed his way into becoming the superstar's manager.
Joaquin Baca-Asay, the cinematographer behind Jay Z's 99 Problems music video, will make direct the movie, while Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy, whose Beginners film won Christopher Plummer an Oscar last month (Feb12), are set to produce.
Casting for Weisfeld's character has not yet been completed but, according to Entertainment Weekly, he's already signed on as a consultant. Ol' Dirty Bastard's mother will also cooperate with producers to ensure her son's life is properly portrayed.
Ol' Dirty Bastard, real name Russell Jones, died of an accidental drug overdose on 13 November, 2004 - just two days shy of his 36th birthday.