June 4, 2012 12:32
Wu Tang Clan's GZA will not appear in new Ol' Dirty Bastard film
But RZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Method Man could still appear in 'Dirty White Boy'
The rapper's representatives have said to Pitchfork: "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."
The film is set to star Michael K Williams - who played Omar Little in The Wire – as the late Ol' Dirty Bastard, who passed away in 2004 of a drugs overdose. Williams has said that the people working on the film "have no desire to cast any actors as the Wu-Tang."
New York Daily News however has reported that RZA, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon and Method Man are likely set to take part in filming. The movie will tell the story of Jarred Weisfeld, a manager and former VH1 intern who worked alongside the rapper. It 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.
- Previous: Dizzee Rascal makes live comeback at Newcastle's Evolution Festival
- Next: Haim announce one-off London show – ticket details