Like many long-in-the-works biopics, the story of Ol’ Dirty Bastard has been one mentioned several times over the years. In 2012, Entertainment Weekly revealed actor Micheal K. Williams would play the firebrand member of the Wu-Tang Clan. But eventually, that came and went.
However, now a new update has surfaced via RZA, the late rapper’s cousin, in an interview with Rolling Stone.
"I think it’s a great idea, and there has been talk about it," RZA told RS in a story published on Tuesday (January 19). “There are a few wheels in motion with one done by our first cousin Rayshawn; he was the young guy there watching everything that happened. Him and ODB’s wife have been talking and he has a pretty interesting script. I just saw a 12-minute teaser that he shot about a year ago and it felt pretty fucking cool. I watched it and was like, ‘Wow, you may have something here.’ He has the best thing that I’ve seen so far.”
Later, RZA expressed his interest in taking part of the film, just as long as it’s not from behind the director’s lens. “I wouldn’t mind not doing it and I wouldn’t mind doing it. From the age of six, me and [ODB] used to push shopping carts around grocery stores and try to get nickels. There are very few people who know the real him as much as me. So it would be something that I would be honored to do, but there’s a lot of moving parts to it. If those moving parts don’t go in sync with me, I’ll still be on it just to see it happen, talk to whoever’s doing it and give them my interviews or whatever they need to help make this story as great as possible.”
Everyone from Williams to Eddie Griffin, and Tracy Morgan were rumored to play ODB in the long-awaited biopic, however neither names are currently pinned to the project.