News: Common Makes A "Date Night" W/ Tina Fey & Taraji Henson

Tuesday, Apr 14, 2009 7:30AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning rapper Common has been billed to star in the upcoming comedy-based film Date Night with Steve Carell, Mark Wahlberg and Tina Fey.

The rapper-turned-actor will join an A-list cast of Hollywood stars.

Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Taraji P. Henson, Common and Jimmi Simpson are making plans for Date Night, 20th Century Fox's Steve Carell-Tina Fey comedy being directed by Shawn Levy. Leighton Meester and Kristen Wiig also have boarded the comedy. (Hollywood Reporter)

While details are still sketchy, Common's role in the film has been revealed.

The script, by Simon Kinberg and Aline McKenna, follows a couple whose night out turns into much more than dinner and a movie when they are mistaken for other people. Wahlberg will play a man working in private security who deals with black ops and offers to help the couple as Franco is cast as a dimwitted con man. Henson plays a good cop who doesn't take things at face value with Common and Simpson playing detectives on the take. Meester is the couple's baby-sitter and Wiig is Fey's best friend. (Reuters)

Director Levy explained his reason for adding a heavy line-up of renowned actors.

Le aimed high in casting Date Night with the goal of populating all the supporting roles "with formidable actors." "And people just kept saying yes," added Levy. "I think people just really wanted to work with Tina and Steve." (Variety)

Aside from music and films, Common has partnered with Diesel clothing to launch a new cologne, Only The Brave.

Inspired by visionary artists, icons and rebels, Only The Brave is a fragrance about seizing opportunities and making a difference. Only The Brave boasts the determination and strength to overcome adversity and make a mark. Common's song "The 6th Sense" fully embodies the spirit of Only The Brave. Exploring what motivates a man and the challenges he faces, the song and the artist behind it encompass the qualities that make a brave man--determination, perseverance and principle. (Press Release)

A release date for Date Night has not yet been announced.

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