Omar from 'The Wire' to play Wu Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard in new film

Michael K Williams will appear as the late rapper in 'Dirty White Boy'

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The actor who played Omar Little in The Wire is set to appear as Wu Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard in a new film, Dirty White Boy.

Michael K Williams will appear as the rapper – who passed away in 2004 of a drugs overdose – in the film, which tells the story of Jarred Weisfeld, a manager and former VH1 intern who worked alongside the star, reports Deadline.

The film will be directed by Joaquin Baca-Asay. Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy and Tod Hagopian will produce. "This felt to us like Risky Business and 8 Mile, with equal elements of darkness, humor, and humanity," said Knudsen and Van Hoy.

Earlier this year, a Ol' Dirty Bastard's FBI report was released, and stated that he was "heavily involved" in "murder, car-jackings and the sale of drugs and illegal guns". His full FBI file contained an extensive list of arrests for offences that included resisting arrest, injuring a child, common assault, attempted murder of a police officer, refusing to pay child support and the illegal possession of body armour.

The file, which was been obtained by Gun.io/blog, is 93 pages long and connects the rapper, whose real name was Russell Tyrone Jones, with two murders and the notorious Bloods gang. The file also reveals that Ol' Dirty Bastard himself was robbed in January 1998 and received treatment for a bullet wound.

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