Common, the Oscar-winning rapper-turned-actor who recently starred in Run All Night and Selma, has closed a deal to appear in David Ayer's Suicide Squad in an as-yet-unknown role.
While nothing is official at this time, recent rumours suggest Common could end up having a cameo appearance as John Stewart in the film. Interestingly, the actor had been cast in the role for George Miller's Justice League Mortal back in 2007. In addition, Common recently revealed in an interview with Screen Rant, that he's still interested in playing the part.
Said Common: "I would love to be John Stewart and play Green Lantern. That was one of those things where I was so excited because we rarely see African-American superheroes or people of color as a superhero. I think it would be great for the world to see, and for people to see, and for Hollywood to put that out there, too. But just for the world to see, just for kids to be able to see, for all nationalities to see a person of color as a superhero, too."
"Plus, it’s just for the fun. Even the pre-production of getting the ‘go’ and studying Green Lantern. John Stewart is from Detroit, so he was this guy that was really for the community, and I really related to that. He used his powers to help people in the community. I was like, ‘Man, I’m going to be John Stewart, the Green Lantern!’ Unfortunately, it didn’t happen at that time. But maybe the possibility is that it could. I would love to."
Again, Common's role in the film is currently unknown at this time.
Directed by David Ayer, Suicide Squad stars Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jai Courtney, Jared Leto and Joel Kinnaman. It is slated for release on August 5, 2016.
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