LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 08: Recording artist Common performs onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at STAPLES Cente
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In a recent exclusive, Variety announced that Common will be starring in the adaptation of Black Samurai for television. The project is based on the 1974 book series written by Marc Olden.

According to Variety:

“Black Samurai” follows the story of Robert Sand (played by Common) who is rescued by a Japanese samurai master and trained for seven years. After suffering from vicious racism in the military, and seeing his teacher and fellow samurai killed before his eyes by terrorists, Robert Sand becomes a killing machine, out to destroy the corrupt powers who had taken the lives of his friends.

This project is currently being shopped around to various networks. Producer Andre Gaines landed rights to the book. Along with Gaines, Wu Tang Clan’s RZA will also be an executive producer. Gaines commented (via Variety), “There is a long tradition and storied relationship between hip-hop and martial arts. Having RZA and the WuTang brand on board to executive produce will validate the series even more and mobilize the fans.” 

In 2015, Common and John Legend won an Oscar for the song “Glory” from Selma. Since then Common has been seen in The Wiz Live! and most recently Barbershop: The Next Cut. The actor also has upcoming roles in Suicide Squad and John Wick 2.

View the original 1977 movie trailer from the Black Samurai below.