We hoped at one point that Michael K. Williams, aka Omar from The Wire, might end up playing the title role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. That didn’t happen, but it hasn’t stopped him from getting other great work. In addition to his recurring role on HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, Williams ended up doing a stint on Community, and has a part in Steve McQueen’s new film Twelve Years a Slave.

And now he’s going to Detroit (well, actually Toronto, but sshh) for Jose Padilha‘s remake of RoboCop. Read More »

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I’m starting to suspect Steve McQueen watches the same TV we do. The British director of Hunger and Shame has already cast Sherlock‘s Benedict Cumberbatch, Saturday Night Live‘s Taran Killam, and Raising Hope‘s Garret Dillahunt in his upcoming Twelve Years a Slave, and he’s now added another small-screen favorite. Michael K. Williams, a.k.a. Omar Little on The Wire, has just boarded the cast, which also includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt. More details after the jump.

UPDATE: A few hours after this post went up, it was announced that Beasts of the Southern Wild star Dwight Henry had also joined Twelve Years a Slave.

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This month marks the 10-year anniversary of HBO’s The Wire, which naturally means it’s about time for a remake. Enter The Wire: The Musical, a stage show that retains all of the original series’ thoughtful examinations of weighty sociopolitical issues and unflinching sense of realism, only with more twirls, high kicks, and showstopping solos.

… All right, so it’s a Funny or Die video, not a real production. But it does feature several of the real stars, including Michael K. Williams (Omar), Sonja Sohn (Kima), Larry Gillard Jr. (D’Angelo), Andre Royo (Bubbles), and Felicia Pearson (Snoop).

After the jump, watch a video for The Wire: The Musical and read about Community‘s six nominations for the Critics’ Choice Television Awards.

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In the realm of films about iconic deceased rappers, Dirty White Boy has to take the cake. It’s the story of how Wu-Tang Clan co-founder Ol’ Dirty Bastard, aka Russell Jones, was partially conned into letting an unproven VH1 production assistant named Jarred Weisfeld manage him while the rapper was in jail. The move paid off, sparking an unlikely comeback, before ODB passed away due to a drug overdose at the age of 35.

ODB’s story has been one several filmmakers and even his friends have been trying to get to the big screen but it seems this relationship was the hook that’ll get it in cinemas first. First-time director Joaquin Baca-Asay will helm Dirty White Boy and he’s already cast the lead: none other than The Wire and Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael K. Williams. The script is the first ever by Brent Hoff, an acquaintance of the pair. Read more after the jump.

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This is a drag. Micheal K. Williams, known to many as Omar from The Wire and an accomplished and well-rounded actor in general, was a favorite for the title role in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained. That part went to the more easily marketable Jamie Foxx, but over the last few months Williams has said that Tarantino wanted him in the movie badly enough to write a part specifically for him.

Now, thanks to scheduling, it looks like that won’t be a possibility. Instead, Williams will be in Snitch. Read More »

The latest actor to flirt with Quentin Tarantino and his new anti-slavery ‘Southern,’ Django Unchained, is Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The actor reportedly wants to do the film, and is ready to take a role pending the resolution of some scheduling issues. One of those scheduling issues would have been press commitments for Premium Rush, but that movie was just pushed back to August, so that’s one hurdle gone. Hit the break for some speculation on his role. Read More »

The Wire‘s Michael K. Williams (who, like John Goodman, just guest-appeared on Community) was in the running for the title role in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, and though he lost the part to Jamie Foxx, he may still end up in the film, in a part written just for him.

Hopefully another new job won’t get in the way; Williams will now also be a producer and actor in Life Garland‘s indie thriller The Suspect, written by Stuart Connelly. Here’s how the writer describes the film: “Two African American social scientists pose as bank robbers in an effort to understand the racial dynamics of small-town law enforcement. However, their experiment takes an unplanned, deadly turn.” That’s a great premise that could be the beginning of a compelling film. We’ll definitely follow the development. Shadow and Act reveals that Isaiah Washington is also set for the film.

After the break, David Duchovny rides a sub, and The Last Stand and Cloud Atlas get new actors. Read More »

Michael K. Williams may have missed out on the lead role of Django Unchained, but it seems there may still be room for him to appear in a different capacity. In an interview with Shadow & Act (via The Playlist), the The Wire actor confirmed that he had just barely lost the lead role to Jamie Foxx, but that director Quentin Tarantino (or “QT, as I call him”) liked Williams enough to consider creating a new role just for him. “It’s not official yet but there’s a lot of talk that there may be a role coming back ’round my way,’” he told the site. “His people and my people have been in discussions in regards to a role that he is creating for me.”

The Playlist points out that the only major black role still uncast is that of Bartholemew, but that the hulking, silent bodyguard probably wouldn’t be an ideal fit for Williams. However, it’s possible that the character could be rewritten to better suit Williams, or that Tarantino will add a new character altogether.

After the jump, new gigs for Charlize Theron, Paula Patton, and Leven Rambin.

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