Ol’ Dirty Bastard to be played on screen by The Wire’s Omar

25 Mar

Michael K Williams, who played drug vigilante Omar Little, will take the role of Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard in the biopic Dirty White Boy, reports The Guardian.

Dirty White Boy focuses not just on ODB, born Russell Jones, but also on Jarred Weisfeld, the titular white boy, who met the musician when he was a 22-year-old VH1 production assistant. Weisfeld gradually became ODB’s manager, Entertainment Weekly reports, engineering the rapper’s comeback. His plan was cut short by Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s fatal drug overdose in November 2004.

Word is that the film will be the directorial debut for Joaquín Baca-Asay, best known as the cinematographer for Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” music video.

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