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Common Cast as Lead Character in ‘Black Samurai’ Series on Starz

Hip-hop star Common will be part of the new Starz series “Black Samurai”, an action-drama show that will feature “exceptional storytelling.” The 1977 blaxploitation film “Black Samurai” was based on a self-titled novel by Marc Olden.

Media distributor Starz will be re-imaging the same film but as an action-packed series starring Common as army ranger Robert Sand. According to Variety, “CSI” producer Jerry Bruckheimer, producer Andre Gaines, Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA and even Common himself will all be part of the series’ production team.