Members of the Wu-Tang Clan may play themselves in the upcoming Ol’ Dirty Bastard biopic Dirty White Boy, starring Michael K. Williams as the late rapper.
During an interview with NYDN, Williams said that the producers of the film “have no desire to cast any actors as the Wu-Tang,” meaning that the whole team will be involved to ensure authenticity. “We need all hands on deck,” he said.
The biopic focuses on the relationship between ODB and his manager Jarred Weisfeld, a 22-year-old VH1 employee who became his manager in the early ’00s.
Williams recently said that he’s consulting with those close to the deceased rapper to get into character. “I am doing a lot of research on Russell,” he said. “I had the pleasure of meeting his beautiful mother, Ms. Cherry. We sat down for, like, three hours, and she told me the most amazing stuff about her son and a lot of things that the public didn’t know. I’ve been talking to people who know him well … people who knew him when the cameras wasn’t rolling. I’ve got a lot of insight into who he was as a human being and as a man and, dare I say it, scholar.”
UPDATE: Representatives for GZA told Pitchfork that he has no plans to appear in the upcoming Ol’ Dirty Bastard biopic Dirty White Boy. “Spoke to GZA today. I will tell you 100% he is not appearing in the ODB / Jarred Weisfeld movie. I can’t speak for the rest of the group, but definitely not true about GZA,” said the rep.
UPDATE #2: Representatives for Raekwon also told Pitchfork that he will not be appearing in the upcoming Ol’ Dirty Bastard biopic Dirty White Boy. The announcement comes two days after GZA said he would not star as himself in the film.