Michael K. Williams has signed on to star as Ol’ Dirty Bastard, but not in a biopic on the late rapper’s life (one has long been rumored to be coming); rather as a character in some other person’s story.
The project is titled Dirty White Boy and will center on…
… the astounding rise of Jarred Weisfeld, a 22-year-old VH1-intern-turned-manager, and his misadventures with the legendary rapper leading up to the performer’s tragic death in 2004…
… says the press release.
So it’s not ODB’s story, but the white dude’s; we’ve seen this kind of setup before.
The project is being produced by Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy – the producing team the Oscar-winning film Beginners.
To be directed by Joaquin Baca-Asay (hjis feature film debut), Dirty White Boy already has financing and is said to have the full support and co-operation of ODB’s mother, Cherry Jones.
“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 Knudsen and Van Hoy.
Not that I’m exactly dying to see an ODB biopic… the last we wrote about the potential for one, RZA was the man behind the curtain; at the time, he said that ODB’s estate was “kind of confused on what to do, and all the rights and all that shit, but it’s definitely been talked about. There’s also been talk about a Wu-Tang Clan movie. So we’ll see what life brings. In my opinion, I’d rather see an ODB pic than a Wu-Tang Clan pic, because Wu-Tang is still alive, and may be active for a few more years. But an ODB pic, just to really describe his life, would be good. Right now, there is a documentary that’s done that’s pretty good. It ain’t a knock out of the park, but it’s pretty good, it gives a nice piece of him. Then you start with that, and we can build more awareness about his life, and build more interest in people seeing a movie about it.“