Common "Dreams Up" Lead Single For "Freedom Writers"

 Common's latest single, "A Dream," produced by the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am, will be featured on the soundtrack to the forthcoming Hillary Swank film Freedom Writers.

Based on a true story, Hilary Swank plays a Los Angeles teacher named Erin Gruwell, who inspires her class of at-risk students to learn tolerance, apply themselves, and pursue education beyond high school. The film also stars Patrick Dempsey ("Grey's Anatomy"), Scott Glenn (Training Day) and R&B singer Mario.

The Freedom Writers soundtrack also features music from Talib Kweli, The Pharcyde and will.i.am.

The Freedom Writers movie opens in theatres on January 5, while the soundtrack is scheduled to hit shelves on January 9. [Peep a trailer for the flick here]

Common is currently working on his seventh album titled Finding Forever. The Chicago bred rapper will also be co-starring alongside Alicia Keys and Ben Affleck in his film debut Smokin' Aces, which opens in theaters on January 26.

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