Actor Michael K. Williams continues to add the list of unforgettable characters to his belt since his role as Omar Little on the HBO series The Wire. Williams’s next role may also garner him critical acclaim as he has signed on to play rapper and former Wu-Tang Clan front man and standout Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
According to Entertainment Weekly, William will star as Ol’ Dirty Bastard in a movie that will capture his “erratic offstage behavior, assorted arrests and an early death.” Joaquin Baca-Assay is slated to direct the film, which will be his directorial debut.
The movie entitled 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 occasional lie) talked his way into becoming the rapper’s manager when Jones was serving a three year stint in prison,” according to Entertainment Weekly.
The role of Weisfeld is still up for grabs as the producers hope to get an established name in the role. Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s died untimely from a drug overdose in 2004. He was 35 years old. You can currently catch Williams in the role of Chalky White, a no holds bar bootlegger in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire. –Jonathan Cruse