Although talk of a Justice League movie starring rapper/actor Common as Green Lantern has died down a great deal since it was first announced in 2008, the Academy Award winner is still interested in playing the role of John Stewart/Green Lantern.
Common spoke on the role after being asked if he feels “the opportunity might come back around” to play Green Lantern in the future, during an interview with ScreenRant.com. The Chicago, Illinois musician then spoke on the lack of African-American superheroes.
“I would love to be John Stewart and play Green Lantern,” Common said. “That was one of those things where I was so excited because we rarely see African-American superheroes or people of color as a superhero. I think it would be great for the world to see, and for people to see, and for Hollywood to put that out there, too. But just for the world to see, just for kids to be able to see, for all nationalities to see a person of color as a superhero, too.”
Common also spoke on previously studying for the role of Green Lantern when he was slated to appear in the Justice League film.
“Plus, it’s just for the fun,” he said. “Even the pre-production of getting the ‘go’ and studying Green Lantern. John Stewart is from Detroit, so he was this guy that was really for the community, and I really related to that. He used his powers to help people in the community. I was like, ‘Man, I’m going to be John Stewart, the Green Lantern!’ Unfortunately, it didn’t happen at that time. But maybe the possibility is that it could. I would love to.”
Although Common’s role as Green Lantern has yet to come to fruition, the rapper has appeared in a number of films including American Gangster and Just Wright, and most recently Selma and the upcoming film, Run All Night.
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