It’s always interesting to watch seasoned entertainers continue to develop different legs of their craft as the years pass. For Common, we’ve seen the Chicago native blossom from hip-hop to TV/film t0 social activism seamlessly. Although his music has a healing effect on it’s own, now he’s gearing up to take on a new role that is responsible for saving lives in the most literal way.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Common will star in the Saturday Night Knife & Gun Club TV series, which finds him taking on the role of a doctor in the emergency room. Common’s character, “a street-smart ER doctor with a troubled past,” works at an inner-city hospital and has to lead his staff against trying work conditions and corporate greed to save lives. The drama—which is based on author B.P. Reiter’s novel of the same name—is the first development in Common’s Lionsgate TV overall deal.
Eric Eisner optioned the rights to the book, and will executive produce the potential series alongside Common’s Freedom Road Productions and Lionsgate TV. The series does not yet have a network.
“I’m thrilled to partner with Lionsgate and Freedom Road to develop this exciting new TV series based on this engrossing book,” Eisner said. “We have a great script and a strong team in place, and I look forward to bringing the series to life.”
Congrats to Common on the big news.