The cast of HBO's "The Wire," considered by many to be the finest television series ever produced, have had a hard time breaking out into the mainstream. Many TV series swooped up key members after the series closed up shop in 2008, including "Fringe" (which nabbed Lance Reddick) and "Luther" (which starred Idris Elba), but few of the key players have been able to parlay their iconic performances into Hollywood star power. That may be set to change: Michael K. Williams has been tapped to star in Dirty White Boy, a biopic of the late Wu-Tang Clan member Ol' Dirty Bastard.
Mr. Dirty Bastard, born Russell Tyrone Jones, was a popular figure in the hip-hop world, famed for his profane lyrics and a well-publicized incident in which he took his two children to pick up his welfare check… in a limosine. While his latest album was in the Billboard Top Ten. Williams seems like an excellent choice for the role, having made his mark as the homosexual Robin Hood of Baltimore in "The Wire" before diversifying into memorable roles in the critically acclaimed Gone Baby Gone and the Emmy award-winning series "Boardwalk Empire."
Deadline reports that Dirty White Boy will tell Ol' Dirty Bastard's story from the perspective of VH1 intern-turned-manager Jarred Weisfeld, who went on a series of "misadventures" with the rapper prior to the musician's untimely death in 2004. Super Troopers and We Own the Night cinematographer Joaquin Baca-Asay will make his directorial debut on the feature, which has been written by Brent Hoff, who contributed to the web series "Rockville, CA."
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