Michael K Williams, who found fame playing Omar on The Wire, will star in an Ol’ Dirty Bastard biopic.
Deadline New York has revealed that Michael K Williams has signed on to play the late Wu-Tang Clan legend Ol’ Dirty Bastard (AKA Osiris AKA Big Baby Jesus AKA Dirt McGirt) in a biographical film titled Dirty White Boy.
The film will follow the real events of a young VH1 manager Jarred Weisfeld who was chasing the troubled rapper to be part of a reality show. They spent time together before ODB’s death in 2004.
It will be director Joaquin Baca-Asay’s first feature film, from a screenplay by Brent Hoff, who wrote and directed a 2011 comedy titled Pranksta.
Michael K Williams made his name playing the notorious killer Omar in the universally-acclaimed drama series The Wire, as well as appearing in Boardwalk Empire.
Ol Dirty Bastard, born Russell Tyrone Jones, was a founding member of legendary New York rap collective Wu-Tang Clan and released two heralded solo albums. He was renowned for his rambling lyricism and a string of controversial incidents and outbursts, including storming the stage at the Grammys.
He died two days before his 36th birthday in 2004.