An Ol’ Dirty Bastard biopic is on the way courtesy of The Wire star Michael K. Williams. Per a press release sent to Deadline, Williams will play the late hip-hop artist (real name Russell Jones) in Dirty White Boy. Joaquin Baca-Asay is making his feature directorial debut from an original screenplay by Brent Hoff (Rockville CA). Baca-Asay previously served as the cinematographer on films like Super Troopers and We Own the Night, but Dirty White Boy will be his first time directing a feature film. The film is told from the point of view of 22-year-old VH1 intern Jarred Weisfeld who eventually became a manager/agent. Dirty White Boy follows Weisfeld’s misadventures with the rapper until the artist’s death from an accidental overdose in 2004, and the tone is said to be in the vein of Risky Business and 8 Mile. Hit the jump for more, including a sample of some of ODB’s work.
For those unfamiliar, Ol’ Dirty Bastard was one of the forming members of the Wu-Tang Clan (cue Dave Chappelle) and eventually found success as a solo performer. His behavior became more erratic and trouble in later years, leading to untimely demise. Williams is a terrific talent and the role of Jones will most certainly be a challenge. He currently stars on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire and had a memorable guest role on Community. The actor also has a role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained.