Common is a standout MC who has also become a seasoned actor. The Chicago native set to star in a new drama where he will portray an E.R. doctor.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, after just signing a first-look deal with Lionsgate TV, Common is starring in an adaptation of B.P. Reiter’s book The Saturday Night Knife & Gun Club.
Reportedly, the “Testify” rapper will play a “street-smart ER doctor” who manages to pull his staff together to save lives in an underfunded, inner-city hospital.
The show isn’t attached to a network, but prospects are solid. The project is being executive produced by Eric Eisner, the son of former Walt Disney CEO Michael Eisner.
“I’m thrilled to partner with Lionsgate and Freedom Road to develop this exciting new TV series based on this engrossing book,” Eisner told the Hollywood Reporter. “We have a great script and a strong team in place, and I look forward to bringing the series to life.”
Common’s latest musical project, the eponymously titled August Greene, with Robert Glasper and Karriem Riggins, is out now.
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Freedom Road has been a spark for me in my creativity and life. I love working with our team and to now be partnered up with @lionsgate is a gift. We will create high level art, films, tv shows, and theater pieces that express excellence and give voices to those who are not always heard. We will create opportunities for new voices and give jobs to those who may not have had a chance yet to work in this business. So this is not only a blessing for us, but a blessing for all as we surely plan to spread the Love. #BeReady