It appears Wu-Tang Clan’s Raekwon is following suit with the GZA by not taking part in the upcoming Dirty White Boy biopic based on late group member Ol’ Dirty Bastard.
Although details are still coming together, fans should not expect “The Chef” to get any camera time in the flick.
After speculation about the Wu-Tang Clan possibly playing themselves in the forthcoming Ol’ Dirty Bastard biopic Dirty White Boy, things have taken a bit of a u-turn. While Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon were all initially confirmed to appear in the film alongside Michael K. Williams, it seems that at least one of them has had a change of heart. Pitchfork reports that Raekwon won’t be appearing in the film after all. A reason for The Chef’s decision has not been given. Method Man and Ghostface are reportedly still on board. Raekwon may have turned down the film appearance, but he hasn’t stopped on the music front. (Soul Culture UK)
This week, reports of GZA not getting involved in the film surfaced.
UPDATE: GZA’s representative writes, “Spoke to GZA today. I will tell you 100% he is not appearing in the ODB / Jarred Weisfeld movie. I can’t speak for the rest of the group, but definitely not true about GZA.” (Pitchfork)
Over the weekend, the film’s lead actor Michael K. Williams hinted at the entire Clan getting involved on the project.
Michael K. Williams might just want to join the Wu-Tang Clan. The intense actor, who turned heads as Omar in “The Wire,” tells us he’s preparing for his first lead role as the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard in an upcoming biopic about the troubled rapper, but adds that the producers of the movie, tentatively titled “Dirty White Boy,” “have no desire to cast any actors as the Wu-Tang.” So expect to see the RZA, GZA, Method Man, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah and the other members of the groundbreaking hip-hop crew in the film. “We need all hands on deck,” Williams says. Including Inspectah Deck, we hope. (New York Daily News)
Although plot details are limited, the film will reportedly take viewers into the late ODB’s personal life.
Dirty White Boy chronicles the relationship between Ol’ Dirty Bastard (real name Russell Jones) and Jarred Weisfeld, a 22-year-old VH1 production manager who became the rapper’s manager in the early 2000s. According to a synopsis on Entertainment Weekly’s website, the film will also explore “the beleaguered rapper’s well-known addictions.” Although no Wu-Tang members have confirmed whether or not they will play roles in the film, many of the group’s members appeared on screen in the past. RZA played one of Seth Rogen‘s character’s co-workers in Funny People; Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Oli Grant, Method Man, Masta Killa and Inspectah Deck all played themselves in James Toback‘s Black and White. (The Hollywood Reporter)