Common made his transition from music to film not too long ago, starring in films like Terminator Salvation, Smokin’ Aces and American Gangster. He’s proved himself to be a dedicated actor that demands the screen with each role he acquires. The only negative is that most of the films he stars in aren’t all that great. His specific performances end up getting thrown under the rug, due to various problems with any given project.
That is all going to change with his new drama Luv, where he co-stars with Michael Rainey Jr. and Danny Glover. The Sundance drama directed by Sheldon Candis features Common playing the role of an uncle with a troubled past, but someone looking for an honest change. He wants to continue to be the role model for his nephew, but certain temptations in life lead him down a familiar path full of money, greed and corruption.
This powerful trailer gives us a brief look at Common‘s performance and I’m really liking what I see.
Luv opens on November 9th, 2012.
Watch the trailer below:
An 11-year-old boy gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with the uncle he idolizes in LUV, a poignant and gritty coming-of-age story featuring standout performances by Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Charles S. Dutton and newcomer Michael Rainey Jr. With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Michael Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten out his life by opening a high-end crab shack that will establish him as a solid citizen with a legitimate future. Soon Vincent finds himself pulled back into the violent world he is trying to escape- and Woody has to decide whether to follow his hero- or become his own man.