Brace yourselves, there’s a new show on its way and it could turn out to be your latest obsession.
Common is all set to star in the new action-drama series Black Samurai. Based on the original novels written by Marc Olden, Black Samurai will tell the story of a highly-trained American Army Ranger by the name of Robert Sand (Common). Sand’s life is transformed when he meets a legendary Japanese master, who invites him to train as a samurai—but it all goes awry. When his new sensei and samurai brothers are murdered, Sand seeks out revenge.
Sounds exciting. Not to mention, RZA is set to executive produce, alongside Common and Mitchell Diggs.
“I’m beyond excited about Black Samurai. This is a unique and special project that offers something rarely seen in art and culture today,” Common said in a press release. “It’s an honor to play the character of Robert Sand and to have my production company, Freedom Road Productions partnering with Jerry Bruckheimer Productions, RZA and Starz to deliver something fresh and new to people. I can’t wait to dig into this character and the martial arts worlds of gun-fu, kung-fu, jujitsu and more. Look out world, Black Samurai is coming!”
RZA added, “I’ve been a fan of the Robert Sand character since I was a kid, Black Samurai being one of the films that got me into the martial art genre. A chance to combine with Jerry Bruckheimer, Common and Andre Gaines to reintroduce this character to a new generation makes myself and my partner Mitchell Diggs at Wu Films super stoked. With the Wibbs leading the writing team and Starz as our outlet, I’m certain the series will find its fan base.”