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Amazing: Michael K. Williams To Play Ol' Dirty Bastard In Biopic 'Dirty White Boy'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
March 22, 2012 2:16 PM
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Michael Kenneth Williams To Play ODB

While biopics on N.W.A. and Tupac have been talked about for a while now, and seem to be stuck in development, it looks like a movie about one of their contemporaries is not only moving forward, but has made a brilliant and bold casting choice: Michael K. Williams (aka Omar from "The Wire") will be playing Ol' Dirty Bastard in "Dirty White Boy." Fucking yes.

Back in 2009, RZA was talking up a biopic and cautioned that the rapper's "estate is kind of confused on what to do, and all the rights and all that shit" but it appears everything has been worked out. Penned by Brent Hoff, the film will be the directorial debut of Joaquin Baca-Asay, the cinematographer behind James Gray's "Two Lovers," "We Own The Night" and Mike Mills' "Thumbsucker." He's also a commerical and music video director who was the DOP behind Mark Romanek's now-iconic video for Jay-Z's "99 Problems."

In the works for a few years and described as a "a time capsule, black comedy and love poem," the film will tell the story of ODB through the eyes of Jarred Weisfeld, a VH1 intern who became the rapper's manager (the writer Hoff berfriended them both when he too worked at VH1). Troublingly described as a cross between "Risky Business" and "8 Mile," there is a danger here of taking too light a touch with the story of ODB's life so we hope a proper tone is struck.

Describing the persona of ODB as a "character" played by Russell Tyrone Jones, there is no doubt he embraced some very real troubles, including legal battles over the child support for this 13 children, battling drug addiction, enduring numerous brushes with the law, and surviving a shooting as the result of an argument with another rapper. So there is some very real drama here that we hope isn't trivialized. That being said....

Michael K. Williams as the lead role is fucking awesome. A great stroke of casting and no matter how this turns out we'll be there to see him take on the role. Shimmy shimmy ya.... [Deadline]

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4 Comments

  • Cam | March 23, 2012 11:33 AMReply

    I'm happy for Michael Williams. He'll do an excellent job with the role. Why does this movie have to be filtered through the perspective of his manager though? Was the film not going to fly without a narrator or something? I'm really tired of films about Black folks that are not from the perspectives of Black folks. no scratch that. I'm tired of movies about Black characters that are told from the perspective of White characters.

  • Cinematic_high | March 22, 2012 5:33 PMReply

    Damn.......I'm watching it. Motherfucking Omar as ODB? Dirt McGirt would be proud!

  • Robin | March 22, 2012 3:35 PMReply

    Omg this will be amazing. Omar's here!

  • Nik Grape | March 22, 2012 2:24 PMReply

    I second the FUCKING YES. Big time. Huge fan of Michael aK.a Omar Williams, huge fan of Wu Tang as a whole (most creative, innovative rap group of all time) and all the unique personas of the members. ODB easily being the most colorful one. I don't even care if the quality of the movie is good right now, just happy that this is getting made with Williams. Best news of the day.

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