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Ever since The Hollywood Reporterconfirmed Sony’s Columbia Pictures forthcoming O.D.B.biopic, our minds have been working overtime to figure out just who could portray the infamous Staten Island rapper who died of an accidental drug overdose in 2004, just a few days before his 36th birthday (the New York Medical Examiner’s office found a mixture of cocaine and the prescription painkiller Tramadol in his system).
Ol’ Dirty Bastard, (real name Russell Tyrone Jones) was a founding member of Wu-Tang Clan, a rap group that included his cousins RZA and GZA. Bringing the MC’s story to the big screen has been in the works for a while according to RZA, who’s slated to produce the life story. He told Rolling Stone in 2016, “I think it’s a great idea, and there has been talk about it. 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. ‘Straight Outta Compton’ showed that with the proper team and marketing, many of us out here who grew up on this music would love to see the inside makings of those stories.”
So who could step into the gritty role? Here are our picks.