Listen, I love Common as a rapper, but never quite got on board with him as an actor. New Year's Eve, Date Night, Wanted and especially Smokin' Aces didn't help matters...
But,the tide may be turning as it looks like his past failures as an actor might have prepared him for possibly his most respected performance yet in the 2012 Sundance darling, Luv. The rapper takes a dramatic turn as a mentor-like figure to an orphaned eleven-year-old boy (Michael Rainey, Jr.) in writer/director Sheldon Candis' first full feature film.
More on the film below from Deadline:
The film is about an 11-year old boy who awaits the return of his missing mother, and who lives with his grandmother and Uncle Vincent. He idolizes the latter, a man who is fresh off an 8-year prison stretch and who takes it upon himself to help the youth become a man. When Vincent’s attempts to open a business doesn’t work out, and pressure is brought to bear by his old Baltimore crime boss Mr. Fish, the youth’s growth into manhood accelerates.
The trailer looks very compelling, and highlights its great cast--including Dennis Haysbert (TV's 24, Far From Heaven), Danny Glover (The Color Purple, Lethal Weapon), Charles S. Dutton (Roc, Gothika), Meagan Good (Think Like a Man) and Lonette McKee (Women of Brewster Place, Sparkle). Goodness knows it would be great to see Good in a role outside her normal cute girlfriend characters, and the rest of the actors are also top tier.
This brings us to Common, who looks really impressive in the clip, and relative newcomer Rainey in the lead roles here. I'm not familiar with Candis' previous short films, but Luv looks like it can really be something good. And perhaps Common just needed a director like him, and a cast like this, to really prove himself as an actor. Definitely keep this film on your radar.
Luv is set to release in theaters November 9th.