June 5, 2012


UPDATE: Raekwon & GZA Will Not Act in the Ol' Dirty Bastard Biopic

Bob Berg
Bob Berg

UPDATE: Raekwon will not appear in the ODB biopic, according to his rep.

Following the totally awesome news that Wu-Tang Clan members would be playing themselves in the upcoming Ol' Dirty Bastard biopic, GZA has announced he will not appear in the film.

"Spoke to GZA today," his rep said. "I will tell you 100% he is not appearing in the ODB/Jarred Weisfeld [ODB's former manager] movie. I can't speak for the rest of the group, but definitely not true about GZA." Well, MIT lecturing is a time-consuming pursuit.

Speaking to the New York Daily News last week, actor Michael K. Williams—who is set to star as ODB in the biopic—said the makers of Dirty White Boy were planning on casting Wu-Tang Clan as themselves in the flick.

"[We] have no desire to cast any actors as the Wu-Tang,” Williams said. “We need all hands on deck.”

As awesome as that sounds, GZA's immediate disavowal of that report is making me wonder if any of the Shaolin warriors are on board with this, or if Williams was just giving a public wish list for casting the film.

What do you think? Would Wu-Tang members playing off of The Wire's Omar make for a sweet biopic, or is it best to leave these things to pro actors? If the latter, who would you cast as Ghostface Killah?