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Common to Star in Black Samurai TV Series


Slaven Vlasic/Getty ImagesCommon is set to play Robert Sand in a television adaption of Black Samauri, Variety reports.

The television series, which is based on Marc Olden‘s 1974 book series, will follow the story of Sand, who is rescued by a Japanese samurai master and trained to take revenge on the “corrupt powers” who ended the life of his friends. The series is executive produced by Wu-Tang Clan‘s RZA; Wu Films’ Mitchell Diggs and Diane Crafford; and Cinemation’s Andre Gaines.

Gaines, who obtained the rights to the book, explains to Variety the character of Robert Sand and why he felt Common was the right person for the role.

“Robert Sand is like black Jason Bourne. Black Samurai is one of the most unique, timely and fun experiences I’ve ever read, while at the same time tackling some serious subjects around race and diversity,” says Gaines. “With John Wick 2 and Suicide Squad coming up, Common was an obvious choice for the role, and I’m thrilled to have him on board. I believe he’s the next great American actor.”

The rapper/actor has been busy as of late with his recent appearance in Barbershop and NBC’s The Wiz Live musical. Last year Common won an Academy Award and a Golden Globe, along with John Legend, for their song “Glory” from Selma.

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