Rapper-actor Common will have his first lead role on television. According to Reuters, the 38-year music artist will star in the new AMC pilot “Hell on Wheels” as a freed slave. The new show is a contemporary western centered around the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s.

Common’s character Elam is a half Black, half White man who comes to the West to work on the railroad.

AMC Senior Vice President Joel Stillerman tells Deadline.com, “This part required someone who can transcend the stereotypes of the period and bring the character to life in a truly unique way, and he (Common) brings that.”

Common is the first actor casted in the show. Filming for the pilot is scheduled to begin this month. No information released on when the show will premiere.

The rapper-actor recently appeared in the films “Just Wright,” starring opposite of Queen Latifah and “Date Night” with Tina Fey.

What do you think about Common’s new show? Will you watch it?

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  • Who knows, maybe those AMC people see something I don’t. I dig Common, and wish him well, but he was kind of iffy in Just Wright…

    • Alexandra

      LOL! it was a romantic comedy.
      Watch “Street Kings”

  • Sugar

    Uh is this a good thing or not?! Surprised by this being green lighted by any network and Common being involved. Is it a comedy or a drama, either way not sure this is what we need to have of black folk on tv or the kind of work black actors should be regulated to.

  • Alexandra

    He’s not a bad actor. But I dont really look forward to it.

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