Some pieces of casting are so perfect that you assume the characters were created with their respective actors in mind. But when you're talking about a biopic role—the portrayal of a real individual—that seems to suit its player so well, you really just have to chalk it up to the forces of the intangible Hollywood deities: Michael Kenneth Williams has been cast to play the late hip hop artist Ol' Dirty Bastard in Dirty White Boy.
ODB, born Russell Jones, was a founding member of the Wu Tang Clan as well as a solo artist. In addition to his music, he was known for his outlandish persona and numerous legal troubles. In 2004, Jones died of a drug overdose at age 35. The biopic will explore the relationship between the music artist and VH1's 22 year-old rapper/producer Jarred Weisfeld in the years leading to Jones' death.
Williams, known best for his legendary role of Omar Little on The Wire
, is a flawless choice to play the hip hop figure. Many of Williams' roles to date have been that of unflappable, intimidating and intense characters. He is so well-known for the type that he even parodies it
on the current season
. But this new role will not only build on what Williams is already known to be great at, but will give him the chance to explore a little bid of madness too.
And who doesn't want to see Williams speeding down a California highway with a bulletproof vest and 20 vials of crack?