From Rene Ridinger:
PR: Common Joins Cast of Sheldon Candis' L.U.V.
LOS ANGELES, CA (April XX, 2011) – Common (Terminator Salvation, Wanted) has joined the cast of the independent production L.U.V. The film follows a day in the life of William “Woody” Watson (Rainey Jr.), a shy and somewhat timid 13-year old in search of a family and a better life. Looking to his ex-con Uncle Vincent (Common), Woody hopes he’s found the father figure he’s never had. But when his Uncle’s desire to create a legitimate life for himself clashes with the chaos of his past, Woody must decide where to stand, with his beloved Uncle, or against him.
No newcomer to the big screen, Common has recently wrapped up roles in New Years Eve (New Line, December 9th), The Odd Life of Timothy Green (Disney) and as soon as filming is wrapped on L.U.V., Common will begin shooting a starring role in AMC’s new series Hell on Wheels. Common’s much anticipated new album “The Dreamer/The Believer” will be released in Fall of 2011.
Production begins this week on Sheldon Candis’ feature film which also stars Dennis Haysbert (24, Jarhead), Danny Glover (Death at a Funeral, 2012, the Lethal Weapon franchise), Charles S. Dutton (The Obama Effect, Fame), Megan Good (Jumping the Broom, Brick), Michael K. Williams (HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, he Road), Russell Hornsby (Lincoln Heights, In Treatment), Lonette McKee (Honey, Malcolm X), Tracey Heggins (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) and newcomers Michael Rainey Jr. and Marz Lovejoy. An original script by Candis and Justin Wilson, L.U.V. will shoot in Baltimore.
“We’ve been extremely fortunate in putting together an amazing cast for this project,” said producer Jason M. Berman. “And finding an undiscovered talent like Michael Rainey Jr. doesn’t happen often enough – the dynamic between his Woody and Common’s Vincent brings an amazing energy to the project,” added producer Gordon Bijelonic.
“Vincent is a uniquely conflicted character,” said Common. “I found an appeal in his desire to move past his failures and onto the right track, and the challenges that presents.”
L.U.V. is Candis’ feature directorial debut after developing the script in the Film Independent Directors Lab. Both Candis and Wilson are graduates of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.
L.U.V. is a co-production of FilmForward Independent, Bijelonic/Turner Films and Stony Island Films. Producers are Jason M. Berman (Seven Days in Utopia), Gordon Bijelonic (Another Happy Day), Michael Jenson, Joel Newton, Datari Turner (Video Girl), Common and Derek Dudley. The film was cast by Mary Vernieu, C.S.A. and Lindsay Graham. Eric Christensen at HSI has come on board to handle foreign sales.
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