The actor will portray the Ghetto Superstar hitmaker in Dirty White Boy, an upcoming film which will centre on the final years of the hip-hop star's life. The project will largely focus on Ol' Dirty Bastard's friendship with Jarred Weisfeld, an inexperienced production assistant, who charmed his way into becoming the superstar's manager.
Joaquin Baca-Asay, the cinematographer behind Jay-Z's 99 Problems music video, will make direct the movie, while Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy, whose Beginners film won Christopher Plummer an Oscar last month (Feb12), are set to produce.
Casting for Weisfeld's character has not yet been completed but, according to Entertainment Weekly, he's already signed on as a consultant. Ol' Dirty Bastard's mother will also cooperate with producers to ensure her son's life is properly portrayed.
Ol' Dirty Bastard, real name Russell Jones, died of an accidental drug overdose on 13 November, 2004 - just two days shy of his 36th birthday.
Stream Hodsell (Bonnie Root) is a bright down-to-earth girl transplanted to New York City from Vermont. While she’s waiting to hear back from Harvard Stream’s first sexual encounter with her high-society boyfriend (James Roday) leaves her -- well underwhelmed. And as coming of age stories go tales told by upper-class girlfriend Jenny (Gaby
Hoffman) -- who allegedly climaxes all the time -- spurs Stream to pursue the elusive "orgasm" for herself. Along the way she trades in her boyfriend for a quiet brooding type (Ryan Reynolds). The only thing unpredictable in this plot was finally figuring out what the title meant.
For a small teen film "Coming Soon" features many old-school talents whose performances lend the movie much-needed credibility: Mia Farrow as Stream’s flighty ex-hippie mother (who sports double the red hair as Carrot Top) Ryan O’Neal as her vain father Spalding Gray as a high school adviser and Peter Bogdanovich as Farrow’s new boyfriend. Yasmine Bleeth is hilarious in a brief role as O’Neal’s new young love. Root and Reynolds are quietly affecting in their fumbling love story but Hoffman’s spoiled rich girl completely rubs the wrong way.
Director Colette Burson delivers a few laughs in her directorial debut but the film can’t make up its mind whether it wants to be a sex farce or a romantic comedy. Some jokes work (Stream figures out she hasn’t climaxed yet when she accidentally goes too near Jenny’s jacuzzi jet stream) but Burson wears them out by running scenes too long.