Common joins Uni's 'Wanted' list


Common has lined up a double bill. The Chicago rapper has signed on to the Morgan Freeman-Angelina Jolie starrer "Wanted" for Universal Pictures and is in negotiations to join the cast of the Keanu Reeves-Forest Whitaker drama "The Night Watchman" for Fox Searchlight.

"Wanted" centers on a white-collar worker (James McAvoy) who discovers he is the son of the most evil supervillain on Earth. When his father is assassinated, he inherits the dead man's powers and begins life among the other supervillains (Freeman, Jolie and Common) who secretly control the planet.

Common will play the Gunsmith, an assassin with an unparalleled knowledge of firearms who is enlisted to help train and transform McAvoy's character into the world's most feared and powerful hit man.

Timur Bekmambetov is helming from a script by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas.

Marc Platt, Jim Lemley and Jason Netter are producing.

In "Night Watchman," Common will play Coates, a heroin dealer from Belize posing as an undercover police officer. The film is based on an original idea by James Ellroy and centers on a disgraced cop who discovers corruption inside the police department and sets out on a mission to redeem himself. David Ayer ("Harsh Times") will helm the project from a Jamie Moss-penned rewrite.

The film is being co-financed and co-produced by New Regency. Alexandra Milchan, Lucas Foster and Erwin Stoff are producing.

Common made his big-screen debut in the ensemble actioner "Smokin' Aces." He next appears in the Denzel Washington-Russell Crowe starrer "American Gangster." His latest album, "Finding Forever," will bow in July.

The rapper-actor, who is repped by WMA, recently signed with Management 360, which will co-manage him alongside Derek Dudley.