The Casting Society of America has, unsuccessfully, petitioned the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences three times over the past two decades to add a Best Casting Director award.
It should try again now, and the Academy really ought to cave to this demand after hearing the news that Michael K. Williams, aka Omar from ‘The Wire’, has been cast to play Ol’ Dirty Bastard in a new film.
Deadline.com broke the story about this brilliant casting decision:
Parts & Labor’s Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy — the producing duo behind Mike Mills’ Oscar-winning film Beginners which won Christopher Plummer his first Academy Award last month — announced today that they are partnering with Todd Hagopian at Ocean Size Pictures, to produce DIRTY WHITE BOY. Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) is set to star as the late hip-hop artist Ol’ Dirty Bastard (real name: Russell Jones). Joaquin Baca-Asay is making his feature directorial debut of this original screenplay by Brent Hoff. Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur´s K5 International is financing the film and handling all worldwide sales.
Based on a true story, DIRTY WHITE BOY chronicles the astounding rise of Jarred Weisfeld, a 22-year-old VH1-intern-turned-manager, and his misadventures with the legendary rapper leading up to the performer’s tragic death in 2004.
In the words of the legendary Baltimore badass, “All in the game, yo.”
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