Common is diving head first into the film industry, signing on to star in one major film and in talks for another.
According to Reuters, the Chicago rapper has signed on to play opposite Morgan Freeman and Angelina Jolie in a fantasy film called “Wanted,” and is in negotiations for a drama called “The Night Watchman” where he’d join actors Keanu Reeves and Forest Whitaker.
The film “Wanted” — being produced by Universal and to be directed by Timur Bekmambetov — will center around a white-collar worker (played by James McAvoy) who finds out he is the son of the most evil supervillain on Earth. When his father is murdered, he gains his father’s powers and begins living among other supervillains (Freeman, Jolie and Common) who secretly control the planet.
Reuters reports that Common will play the Gunsmith, an assassin with an unparalleled knowledge of firearms who is enlisted to help train and transform McAvoy’s character into the world’s most feared and powerful hit man.
If Common gets the part in “Night Watchman,” he will play the part of Coats, a Belize heroin dealer who poses as an undercover police officer. It is based on an original idea by James Ellroy and centers on a disgraced cop who discovers corruption inside the police department and sets out on a mission to redeem himself.
The rapper made his big screen debut in the shoot em up action film, “Smokin’ Aces” alongside Alicia Keys who also made her acting debut as well.
Common will also appear in the upcoming film, “American Gangster,” starring Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe. And is in the process of preparing the release of his next album, Finding Forever, which is slated for release in July.