*Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s widow got wind of the hologram organizers of the upcoming Rock the Bells Festival plan to use in place of the late rapper, and has filed a motion to shut the entire idea down.
As previously reported, promoters are planning to resurrect the former Wu-Tang Clan member in the form of a hologram at the 2013 touring hip-hop festival, which kicks off in September. But his wife, Icelene Jones, has taken legal measures to ensure ODB won’t be included in the digital performance, also expected to feature Eazy-E.
Jones, who is in control of the late legend’s estate (which owns the rights to his lyrics, performances and likeness), has issued a cease and desist order to event planners. She says, “I am disappointed that Rock the Bells would not contact me directly about the use of my husband’s image. I am looking forward to talking to Wu-Tang about this matter and coming up with a positive solution.”
ODB’s mother, Cherry Jones, who has been influential in maintaining her son’s legacy, has not yet spoken out about the pending litigation, but earlier this week she attended the press conference where the news was announced to show her support for the gig.
She said of the hologram, “It was so wonderful to stand by him again… I think it’s amazing. I want to sing with it.”
The 35 year old, real name Russell Jones, died in 2004.
Actor Michael K. Williams poses on the runway at the Levi's Fall 2012 Global Collection Presentation at 82 Mercer on Feb. 15, 2012 in New York City
*Michael K. Williams, best known for his work in HBO’s “The Wire,” will star as the late hip-hop artist Ol’ Dirty Bastard, (real name Russell Jones), in the feature film “Dirty White Boy.”
The film is based on the true story of Jarred Weisfeld, a 22-year-old VH1 intern who eventually became the rapper’s manager. The film depicts his misadventures with the artist leading up to the performer’s tragic death in 2004.
Joaquin Baca-Asay is making is feature directorial debut on the project, working with an original screenplay by Brent Hoff. Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy – the producing team behind “Beginners,” for which Christopher Plummer received an Academy Award – are producing with Todd Hagopian of Ocean Size Pictures.
The project has the full support and co-operation of Weisfeld as well as Jones’ mother, Cherry Jones, the producers said.
“We both knew full well who Ol’ Dirty Bastard was but this story completely floored us. As filmmakers, we knew that this would make a great film and that Jarred Weisfeld would offer an actor a complicated and compelling character to play,” Knudsen and Van Hoy said in a statement.
Williams starred as Omar Little on “The Wire” and currently plays Chalky White on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire.”