According to a report by TheWrap, “Williams is eager to tackle the brief-yet-key role but will have to overcome a significant obstacle and work out shooting dates with his ‘Boardwalk’ producers, as ‘Kill the Messenger’ starts production in the coming weeks in Atlanta.”
This is a true story based on the book “Kill the Messenger” which follows a Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist Gary Webb whose reporting exposed the CIA’s involvement in helping Nicaragua’s Contra rebels import cocaine into California during the 1980s.
In 2004 Webb was found shot to death by what was ruled as suicide by the coroner. Many people speculated that there was foul play involved in his death.
The story will showcase “the real” Rick Ross as a wealthy, powerful drug dealer who’s in jail awaiting trial on trafficking charges. It was reported that Webb informed Ross that he was a pawn in a larger game being played by the CIA and the U.S. government.
Ross is now free from prison and working on a biopic of his own with writer Nick Cassavetes. He released a statement about his relation to the “Kill the Messenger” story and how it affects his film tentatively called “A Crack in the System.”
“Please be aware that I will still be moving forward with my motion picture written by Nick Cassavetes. I am not involved with ‘Kill the Messenger.’ This does not affect my relationship with Cassavetes or Nick Cannon. My story is the heart of what happened from 79-95. People have to understand Gary Webb came into the story 10 years after it was over. This is his story from the outside as a reporter. Much of how the actual explosion of crack happened and my life story won’t be in their piece. It will be in mine, along with the reality of the impact economically, socially and racially. We also have our documentary coming out directed by Marc Levin tentatively titled ‘A Crack in the System’ nearing completion.”
Williams seems to be perfect for the role of Freeway Rick Ross having already given breakout performances in similar roles like Omar Little on “The Wire” and currently playing Chalky White on “Boardwalk Empire.”
No release date has been set for “Kill the Messenger.”