Eddie Griffin, Tracy Morgan Want to Play Ol’ Dirty Bastard in Biopic, Rza Says
Who would you rather see portray Ol’ Dirty Bastard on the big screen: Eddie Griffin or Tracy Morgan?
In an interview with XXL, the beloved rapper’s cousin, RZA said the two actors are vying for the part in an upcoming biopic about the deceased rapper and as far as he’s concerned, either one is a good fit.
Eddie Griffin is down” he said. “Me and Eddie talked about it, laughed about it. Tracy Morgan, he wanna do it [too]. I said ‘Ya’ll both kinda can do it.’”
Asked who had an edge, the Wu-Tang Clan leader hinted at Griifin. “Eddie spent time with Dirty,” he shared. “They knew each other well.”
The ODB movie has apparently been in the works for some time now, with Raeshawn, another cousin of the wild and crazy rapper, penning the script.
“He’s been working on it for two years now,” RZA confirmed. “[In fact] I think Eddie’s already signed on with a letter of Intent—I signed on, of course. So you know [Raeshawn] got my blessin’ to make it happen.”
This isn’t the only Wu-Tang picture in the works. XXL broke the news that Raekwon’s story will be coming to the big screen, too. He has some star power connected to his flick as well including Cee Lo Green, who will be playing the Chef’s father.
Meanwhile The RZA recently finished shooting his directorial debut, The Man With The Iron Fist, in China. The long-awaited kung fu flick stars Russell Crowe, Lucy Liu and Pam Grier, among others. Horror movie director Eli Roth also helped the Shaolin rap icon pen the script.
Stay tuned to XXLMag.com for more information on the upcoming Wu-Tang films. —Jesse Gissen