UPDATE: Management for both GZA and Raekwon confirmed that they will not be involved in the biopic, but there’s still no word from other members of the Wu-Tang Clan.
In the upcoming biopic about the late rapper Ol’ Dirty Bastard, the Wu-Tang Clan will play themselves alongside The Wire’s Michael K Williams, who will play the lead role. Williams told New York Daily News that the producers had no desire to cast actors to play the Wu-Tang Clan.
In an interview with MTV, Williams said the film would not 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.”
Members of the Wu-Tang Clan have had experience acting and appeared on screen before. RZA was in Funny People, Repo Men and alongside GZA in Coffee and Cigarettes. Ghostface Killah appeared in 30 Rock and Walk Hard, and Method Man has been on The Wire, CSI and Law & Order SVU.
Not all of the members of the Wu-Tang Clan have confirmed that they will be in the film. According to Pitchfork, a representative for GZA has denied that he be involved. The biopic will be directed by Joaquin Baca-Asay and produced by Lars Knudsen, Jay Van Hoy and Todd Hagopian.