‘The Wire’ Star Michael K. Williams In Talks To Play “Freeway” Ricky Ross
There is some talk bubbling around the Internet about Rick Ross finally hitting the big screen—and that is a great thing!
Don’t hold your breath for that long-awaited biopic on “Freeway” Ricky Ross blowing out the box office charts. Instead, according to The Wrap, Ross will be regulated to just a character in a feature film based on Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Gary Webb, who exposed the CIA’s involvement in helping Nicaragua’s Contra rebels import cocaine into California during the 1980s.
Webb is slated to be played by Jeremy Renner, while Michael K. Williams is rumored to potentially star as Ross. The new project is based on a novel by Nick Schou entitled Kill the Messenger and will be produced by Focus Features.
Homeland‘s Michael Cuesta will direct the script penned by Peter Landesman.
Ross’ character will be depicted in the film as a wealthy, powerful drug dealer who is in jail awaiting trial. With Webb’s help, he realizes the scope and magnitude of the world he’s involved in and sees just how much of a pawn of the CIA he really is. Williams, who is currently enjoying success as Chalky White on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, recently appeared alongside Dwayne Johnson in Snitch and will soon be seen in the RoboCop remake. Williams also co-stars in Steve McQueen’s drama 12 Years a Slave.
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