Chicago MC Common has been hard at work lately. He released his book One Day It’ll All Make Sense in September, made his TV debut on the AMC series Hell On Wheels, dropped his latest album The Dreamer, The Believer in December, and on Monday (1/23/12) his latest movie LUV will debut at the Sundance Film Festival. The new film is the directorial debut of Sheldon Candis and is one of the most anticipated films at the annual Park City, Utah festival this year.
In LUV, Common plays the role of Uncle Vincent who fresh off of a recent prison bid takes his 11 year old nephew Woody (Michael Rainey Jr.) under his wing and tries to teach him how to be a man while at the same time trying to turn his own life around. As Vincent turns back to a life of crime, Woody goes along for the ride and learns much more than most 11 year old should. The film also stars the likes of Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, and Dennis Haysbert.
If LUV lives up to the hype at Sundance, We’ll be able to expect the film to have a national release sometime later on this year. While we are waiting to see if that is going to happen or not, we can look forward to seeing Common’s putting his acting skills to work on our television for at least one more season. At the end of December, AMC officially announced that they will be renewing their series starring Common, Hell On Wheels, for a second season.
Inside Hell On Wheels From November 2011