Common started out as a rapper, but he's been developing his Hollywood career for a while now. On the acting side, he's starred in Queen Latifah's Just Wright and Girls Trip, Ava DuVernay's Selma, WB's Suicide Squad, co-starred with Keanu Reeves in John Wick: Chapter 2, and the upcoming animated film Smallfoot and prestige television like AMC's Hell on Wheels. He's also been steadily adding to his producing credits, which includes executive producing and starring in Lena Waithe's The Chi and 2016's An American Girl Story: Melody 1963 - Love Has to Win, starring Black-ish's Marsai Martin. All of his hard work has paid off since he's increasing his foothold in Hollywood with a new Lionsgate Television deal.
The Hollywood Reporter writes that Common will "create and develop new projects for the studio." Common said to the Reporter that Lionsgate Television gives him and his production company, Freedom Road Productions, "collaborative and creative freedom that is unique in the entertainment industry."
Chris Selak, Lionsgate executive vice president and head of worldwide scripted, lauds the new deal, as well, saying to the Reporter that "Common's expertise from working across all different artistic platforms offers a rich and exciting creative vision to our group. We look forward to the bold, premium content Freedom Road Productions will bring to our deep and diverse television slate."
Common has several films coming up, including A Happening of Monumental Proportions, which is coming out September 18 and The Hate U Give which will be in theaters October 19. More of Common's upcoming projects include Hunter Killer, Saint Judy, Three Seconds, The Kitchen and Quick Draw.