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Boardwalk Empire's Michael K. Williams to play Ol' Dirty Bastard

03.22.2012

One of the most entertaining rappers in history is getting his own movie-- Ol' Dirty Bastard also known as: Dirt Dog, Dirt McGirt, O.D.B., Ason Unique, Osirus, and Big Baby Jesus. The last alias is one of my personal favorites.

Even more amazing than a semi-biopic on the rapper is the guy playing him, THE WIRE and BOARDWALK EMPIRE's Michael K. Williams. The film will be the directorial debut of Joaquín Baca-Asay, the cinematographer on WE OWN THE NIGHT, RODGER DODGER, and Jay-Z's music video for "99 Problems".

The project titled DIRTY WHITE BOY focuses on, "the offbeat friendship between the Wu-Tang Clan co-founder and Jarred Weisfeld, a 22-year-old VH1 production assistant who through a lot of hustle (and the occasional lie) talked his way into becoming the rapper’s manager when Jones was serving a three-year stint in prison in the early 2000s. Despite Weisfeld’s inexperience, and having a client whose talent was undermined by addiction and mental illness, the novice manager engineered an unlikely comeback — only to have it cut short by the star’s fatal drug overdose in 2004 at age 35." The screenplay is by Brent Hoff, who worked at VH1 and met Weisfeld and ODB when they were working on a reality show there.

The role of Weisfeld has yet to be cast. Currently they are trying to find someone to star opposite Williams.

Another film on ODB is in the works with the rapper's cousin Raeshawn on as scribe. Eddie Griffin and Tracy Morgan are being eyed as leads.

Extra Tidbit: Wu-Tang is for the children.
Source: EW

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