Yet another movie is in the works about the rap world, and this one will tell the tale of Ol' Dirty Bastard, one of the founders of The Wu-Tang Clan who died of a drug overdose in November 2004. Producers have cast a familiar actor to play Mr. Bastard, whose real name was Russell Jones -- the movie Dirty White Boy will star Michael K. Williams as ODB, who's known for his roles as The Wire's Omar Little and, more recently, Chalky White on HBO's Boardwalk Empire, as he's pictured here. Producers Lars Knudson and Jay Van Hoy have constructed a plotline off the true story of ODB's relationship with Jarred Weisfeld, a 22-year-old VH1 intern turned manager, and the effort has the blessing and assistance of both Weisfeld and Ol' Dirty Bastard's mother, Cherry Jones.
"We both knew full well who Ol' Dirty Bastard was, but this story completely floored us," said Knudsen and Van Hoy. "As filmmakers, we knew that this would make a great film and that Jarred Weisfeld would offer an actor a complicated and compelling character to play. This felt to us like Risky Business and 8 Mile with equal elements of darkness, humor and humanity."
No info has been released on when filming will start.