Rap biopics don’t have a great reputation, but Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) is hoping to change all that, as he’s set to star as the late hip-hop artist Ol’ Dirty Bastard (real name: Russell Jones) in the film Dirty White Boy. Joaquin Baca-Asay is making his feature directorial debut with the film, from an original screenplay by Brent Hoff.
Based on a true story, Dirty White Boy chronicles the astounding rise of Jarred Weisfeld, a 22-year-old VH1-intern-turned-manager, and his misadventures with legendary rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard leading up to the performer’s tragic death in 2004. The film hasthe full support and co-operation of Weisfeld as well as Jones’ mother.
Williams is well known for his role as Omar Little on The Wire, as well as Chalky White on Boardwalk Empire. He also appeared in John Hillcoat’s The Road, Todd Solondz’ Life During Wartime, and Antoine Fuqua’s Brooklyn’s Finest. It isn’t certain when the movie might start shooting.