Actor Michael K. Williams — known for his roles on HBO’s “The Wire” and “Boardwalk Empire” — has been tapped to play the role of late Wu-Tang Clan member, Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the 45-year-old actor will portray the late rapper in an upcoming film about a specific time in his life.
Joaquín Baca-Asay will also join the project in which he’ll make his feature directorial debut. He previously served as cinematographer on “We Own the Night” and Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” music video.
The movie is will be set around the final years of ODB’s life, and is titled “Dirty White Boy.”
According to the report, the film 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 he was serving a three-year stint in prison in the early 2000s.
Although Weisfeld was helping ODB stage a comeback, it was cut short when the rapper died of a fatal drug overdose in 2004 at age just 35 years old.
Weisfeld’s role in the film has yet to be filled.
“Dirty White Boy” is being produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy and the screenplay has been written by Brent Hoff.
Further details about the film were unknown at press time.