Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy, and Grammy-winning artist, actor, and activist, COMMON continues to break down barriers with a multitude of critically acclaimed, diverse roles and continued success at the box office.
Common most recently wrapped production on The Kitchen, based on the DC/Vertigo female-led comic book series. He stars alongside Melissa McCarthy, Tiffany Haddish, and Elisabeth Moss. Set in New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen during the 1970s, the story follows wives of Irish mobsters (McCarthy, Haddish, and Moss) who team up to take over running the business after their husbands are sent to prison.
Up next on the big screen, Common lends his voice to Warner Brothers’ animated feature Smallfoot, in theaters September 28, 2018. The animated film follows a young Yeti as he discovers a human. The film also stars Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, and Yara Shahidi. Later in the fall he can be seen in the Fox 2000 film The Hate You Give, opposite Amanda Stenberg, Issa Rae, and KJ Apa. This timely drama, directed by George Tillman Jr., follows a teenage girl who witnesses a white police officer shooting her best friend and is based on the novel by Angela Thomas.
In 2019 he will appear in Andrea Di Stefano’s action-thriller Three Seconds, with an all-star cast including Clive Owen, Rosamund Pike, and Joel Kinnaman.
He starred in the Oscar-nominated film Selma, a film centered around the civil rights marches that changed America. Alongside John Legend, he won the
Academy Award and Golden Globe in 2015 for “Best Original Song in a Motion Picture” for “Glory,” which was featured in the film. In 2016, he appeared in the David Ayer’s high-profile comic book movie, Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad. The film broke box office records both domestically and around the world.
In 2017, Common starred opposite Keanu Reeves in the highly anticipated sequel John Wick: Chapter 2, and appeared in Judy Greer’s directorial debut, A Happening of Monumental Proportions, with Allison Janney. He also appeared in Bleecker Street’s Megan Leavey alongside Kate Mara, Tom Felton, Bradley Whitford, and Edie Falco.
It was announced that Common will executive produce Black Samurai, a TV adaption of Marc Olden’s 1974 book series, which inspired the 1977 film of the same name. He is set to star in Quick Draw, a new revenge action thriller to be produced by Transformers producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Content Media.
Behind-the-scenes, Common recently executive-produced the Netflix drama Burning Sands and performed the closing credits original song “The Cross,” featuring Lianne Le Havas. The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival and was released on Netflix in March. He serves as an executive producer of Showtime’s hit TV series The Chi, a coming-of-age story set in Chicago from Emmy Award-winning writer Lena Waithe.
Common’s 11th studio album, Black America Again, was released November 4, 2016 on ARTium/Def Jam Recordings. The album includes the socially conscious single “Black America Again,” featuring Stevie Wonder, and the anthem “Letter to the Free,” the end-title track to Ava Duvernay’s powerful Oscar-Nominated documentary 13th, for which he also received the 2017 Emmy for “Best Music and Lyrics.” After collaborating on the album, Common, Robert Glasper, and Karriem Riggins joined together to form supergroup August Greene. The trio made their live debut in January 2018 at New York’s Highline Ballroom as part of Glasper’s annual Grammy Awards party and released their first joint album on March 9 through Amazon Music.
Common was most recently featured on Andra Day’s song for Open Road Films’ Marshall soundtrack, “Stand Up for Something,” co-written by Common and eight-time Academy Award-nominee Diane Warren. The original song has received Oscar, Grammy, NAACP, and Critic Choice Award nominations, as well as the “Hollywood Song Award” at the 2017 Hollywood Film Awards.