Wu-Tang Clan to play themselves in Ol’ Dirty Bastard biopic

Producers have 'no desire' to cast actors as rap collective members, according to reports

The Wu Tang Clan will play themselves in the forthcoming biopic of late rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard, according to reports.

Actor Michael K Williams – who portrayed stick-up boy Omar Little in cult US TV series The Wire – is set to take on the lead role in Dirty White Boy, but told the New York Daily News that the film’s producers “have no desire to cast any actors as the Wu-Tang”. Speaking about their decision, he added: “We need all hands on deck.”

In a separate interview with MTV, meanwhile, Williams insisted that the flick wouldn’t make light of the rapper’s life. “There’s going to be some comedy, but we’re not playing to that,” he said. “It’s going to be shot as a straight piece, no buffoonery, for lack of a better word. It’s only going to cover the last two years of his life when he was released from prison to the day he died. It’s just an insight into what he struggled with in the public eye.”

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, 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.