Thursday, March 29, 2012
Ol' Dirty Bastard Film Star Named
Actor Michael K. Williams has been tapped to star as fallen rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard in the film Dirty White Boy. Williams is best known for his roles as Omar on HBO's "The Wire" and Chalky White on "Boardwalk Empire." The film is being produced by company Parts & Labor (Beginners) with Ocean Side Pictures' Todd Hagopian and is based on a screenplay by Brent Hoff.
The film tells the story ODB through the eyes of a 22-year old VH1 employee named Jarred Weisfeld who becomes friends with the rapper. ODB's mother and Weisfeld have signed off on the project.
"We both knew full well who Ol' Dirty Bastard was but this story completely floored us. As filmmakers, we knew that this would make a great film and that Jarred Weisfeld would offer an actor a complicated and compelling character to play. This felt to us like 'Risky Business' and '8 Mile,' with equal elements of darkness, humor, and humanity," said Hagopian. "We are thrilled to have the genius of Joaquin Baca-Asay behind the camera, directing this incredibly original screenplay by Brent Hoff. I know Michael K. Williams will leave audiences completely in awe as Russell Jones, the man behind the character âOl' Dirty Bastard."