After strong roles and critical acclaim in 2007’s Smokin’ Aces and American Gangster, veteran Chicago rapper Common is furthering his big screen merits in 2008 and beyond.

After initial rumors that Common was in consideration for the role of Green Lantern in the comic book-inspired film, rumors circulated this week that the 35 year-old had signed paperwork to proceed with production. G.O.O.D. Music representatives were not available for comment.

Common will also appear in Wanted and The Night Watchmen, two films, presently in post-production, are scheduled for release this year.

The rapper has also recently agreed to become a spokesperson for The Ford Motor Company, advertising the Lincoln Navigator alongside airing his single “I Want You” in commercials airing starting this week.