After transitioning from conscious rapper to actor in films like “Just Wright” and “American Gangster,” Common’s now going for an executive credit on the big screen. The Chicago-bred rapper recently announced plans to produce and star in indie film, “L.U.V.”

In the film, Common plays Vincent, an ex-convict who befriends his shy 13-year-old nephew Woody while attempting to change his life. “Vincent is a uniquely conflicted character,” Common said of the role. “I found an appeal in his desire to move past his failures and onto the right track, and the challenges that presents.”

L.U.V. marks Common’s first move as a producer. The film also features a cast of seasoned actors including Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Michael K. Williams, and Megan Good.


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