Common To Produce and Star In New Indie Flick 'L.U.V.'

Rapper Common will star in a new independent movie being filmed titled "L.U.V."

Common will play a troubled ex-con who finds companionship with his shy, 13-year-old nephew, who is in search of his family.

“Vincent is a uniquely conflicted character,” Common said of his latest role. “I found an appeal in his desire to move past his failures and onto the right track, and the challenges that presents.”

A number of well known stars round out the cast for "L.U.V.," which also stars Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Michael K. Williams, Meagan Good and others.

Common also serves as a producer of "L.U.V.," which is being co-produced in association with FilmForward Independent, Bijelonic/Turner Films and Stony Island Films.

"L.U.V." will mark the feature directorial debut of Sheldon Candis, who also wrote the script for the flick, which also stars newcomers Marz Lovejoy and Michael Rainey Jr.

"Finding an undiscovered talent like Michael Rainey Jr. doesn’t happen often enough," said producer Gordon Bijelonic. "The dynamic between his Woody and Common’s Vincent brings an amazing energy to the project.”

"L.U.V." is slated to start production next week.