Cannes: Common and China's Xu Qing Join Ethan Hawke in '24 Hours to Live'

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Directed by Brian Smrz, the upcoming thriller is produced by Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures.

Hip-hop star turned actor Common and Chinese actress Xu Qing have joined Ethan Hawke in Fundamental Films' and Thunder Road Pictures' upcoming thriller 24 Hours to Live, directed by Brian Smrz.

The film will begin shooting this June in Cape Town, South Africa, with Sierra/Affinity handling international sales at Cannes.

“Both Common and Xu Qing are esteemed talents in their fields and we can’t wait to see them come together with Ethan Hawke in shaping this action-packed, explosive feature," said Mark Gao, chairman of Fundamental Films.

Common most recently earned critical acclaim for his work on Selma, which earned him an Academy Award for best original song alongside John Legend. He will next appear in Warner Bros.' Suicide Squad. Qing, also known as Summer Qing, will take the role of Lin Basset in 24 Hours to Live. She starred last year in Feng Xiaogang's commercial and critical hit, Mr. Six, and previously appeared in DMG Entertainment's Looper, directed by Rian Johnson.

Written by Zachary Dean and based on an original script from Ron Mita and Jim McClain, 24 Hours to Live follows a career assassin who is given a chance at redemption after his employer brings him back to life temporarily, just after being killed on the job. Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road, Fundamental Films chairman Mark Gao and International president Gregory Ouanhon are producing the film, with Fundamental fully financing. Jon Kuyper, Kent Kubena, Jonathan Fuhrman, and Gary Glushon executive produced.

Iwanyk, founder of Thunder Road Pictures said, “Thunder Road is thrilled to have the enormously talented Common and Xu Qing join our friend Ethan Hawke in this fantastic project.”

Common is represented by CAA, manager Derek Dudley, and Myman Greenspan. Xu Qing is represented by Summer Pictures Entertainment.

24 Hours to Live is the latest collaboration between Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures. The two companies announced Scott Waugh’s Outlaws Inc. earlier this year.

Established in Shanghai in 2008, Fundamental has a number of projects in the works, including Luc Besson’s big-budget graphic-novel adaptation Valerian, where Fundamental is the main financier, Matthias Hoene’s Warrior’s Gate, and Harald Zwart’s Rally Car, starring Keanu Reeves.