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Russell "Ol' Dirty Bastard" Jones
Wu-Tang Clan co-founder, wild manNovember 15, 1968 - November 13, 2004

Michael K. Williams, the actor best known for portraying Baltimore gunslinger Omar Little on the HBO drama "The Wire," has signed on to play deceased Wu-Tang Clan rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard in a forthcoming film titled "Dirty White Boy."

According to Deadline, the drama will focus on Jarred Weisfeld, a former VH1 intern-turned-manager, and his experiences alongside the rapper. Joaquin Baca-Asay is making his feature film directorial debut, and Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy and Tod Hagopian are set to produce.

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"This felt to us like 'Risky Business' and '8 Mile,' with equal elements of darkness, humor, and humanity," say Knudsen and Van Hoy in a statement.

Ol' Dirty Bastard (whose real name was Russell Jones) came to prominence as the most unhinged member of the Wu-Tang Clan in the mid-90s, and released two solo albums before his 2004 death of a drug overdose. Along with his starring role on "The Wire," Williams has scored supporting roles on "Boardwalk Empire" and films like "Brooklyn's Finest" and "Life During Wartime."