Michael K. Williams, the actor who played the iconic Omar Little on The Wire, has signed on to portray Ol’ Dirty Bastard in a film about the final years of the late Wu-Tang Clan rapper. Williams, though best known for The Wire, is a regular on Boardwalk Empire and appeared in the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel The Road.
The film, titled Dirty White Boy, will be directed by Joaquin Baca-Asay, who previously served as the cinematographer for We Own the Night and Roger Dodger and made the video for Jay-Z’s hit “99 Problems.”
The story will focus on the friendship between the Wu-Tang emcee and Jarred Weisfeld, a 22-year-old production assistant at VH1 who talked his way into becoming his manager while the rapper served a three-year jail term in the early 2000s. The Weisfeld role has not yet been cast.
Williams, 45, is a full decade older than Ol’ Dirty Bastard was at the time of his death in 2004.