Fans hoping to see the Wu-Tang Clan back together will get their wish in an upcoming Ol’ Dirty Bastard biopic as new reports claim the entire crew are slated to play themselves.
According to actor Michael K. Williams, fans can anticipate seeing the Clan in his upcoming Dirty White Boy flick.
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 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)
Last month, Williams talked about landing the role and how vital it is to pay attention to detail dealing with the late Wu member’s life story.
“I am doing a lot of research on Russell,” Williams said referring to ODB by his government name. “I had the pleasure of meeting his beautiful mother, Ms. Cherry. We sat down for, like, three hours, and she told me the most amazing stuff about her son and a lot of things that the public didn’t know. I’ve been talking to people who know him well … people who knew him when the cameras weren’t rolling. I’ve got a lot of insight into who he was as a human being and as a man and, dare I say it, scholar. The dude was quite smart. You have to be able to recite mathematics and be 5 percent of god body — you can’t play with that. You have to know what you’re talking about. It’s a lot of studying, a lot of knowledge.” (MTV)
News of the former “Wire” star getting recruited hit the Internet in mid-March.
EW has learned exclusively that Williams, 45, will star in an upcoming film about the legendary Wu-Tang Clan rapper and all-around troubled soul Russell Jones, a.k.a. Ol’ Dirty Bastard, whose impressive mic skills and outrageous showmanship were eclipsed by his erratic offstage behavior, assorted arrests, and an early death. Joaquín Baca-Asay, the cinematographer on We Own the Night, Roger Dodger and Jay-Z‘s video for “99 Problems,” is also joining the project, making his feature directorial debut. The movie is based on the final years of ODB’s life — a true story that is nonetheless stranger than fiction. (Entertainment Weekly)