CINCINNATI — Get ready: Omar's coming.
Actor Michael Kenneth Williams, who played iconic drug dealer Omar Little in HBO series “The Wire,” is part of the cast of "The Public," a new movie that started filming Downtown this week, according to social media posts by cast member Che "Rhymefest" Smith and costume designer Christopher Lawrence.
For me this is not just a film it's part of my life's mission statement. Thanks to Emilio Estevez, the production team and my wonderful costars. I'm honored to be in such good company. #biggeorge #thepublic #repost Day 1 of filming! So proud to be a part of this amazing project. #emilioestevez' #thepublic #alecbaldwin #taylorschilling #jeffreywright #jenamalone #gabrielleunion #michaelkennethwilliams #christianslater @rhymefest #awesomecast #thenextchapter ™@thechristopherlawrence
The Internet Movie Database's cast listing for "The Public" updated Thursday afternoon with the three actors names attached to the project.
In early December, Film Cincinnati executive director Kristen Schlotman announced Estevez would begin filming "The Public" starting in mid-January. At the time she said Estevez also would act in the movie, along with Smith, Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling and Jena Malone. Variety later reported that Gabrielle Union also will appear in the film.
"The Public" centers around a standoff with police and library officials at the Downtown branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County after patrons, many homeless and mentally ill, turn the library into an impromptu shelter for one night during a brutal cold snap.
During the first day of filming on Wednesday, Wright posted a picture from downtown Cincinnati on Instagram.
Schlotman did not return a phone call for comment.