The Academy award-winner will appear in the feature film as a gunnery Sergeant based at Camp Pendleton.
Deadline announced that Common is joining the cast of the Iraq war drama, Leavey.
The feature film is based upon the life of Marine Corporal Megan Leavey and her military dog as they search for the survivors of roadside bombing incidents during two tours of duty.
Common has been cast as gunnery Sergeant, Sgt. Gunney Massey, who is in charge of the kennels at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton.
Production on the project will begin in 2016 with Kate Mara and Edie Falco.
The rapper was recently seen in the NBC adaptation of The Wiz Live and appears next in Barbershop 3 with Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Queen Latifah, Eve, Nicki Minaj and others.