by TRN Writers,
Common Lands Lead as “Black Samurai” The rapper turned actor will star in a new series as Robert Sand–a highly trained Army Ranger who is given an invitation he can’t refuse. Sand trains with a legendary Japanese master who is later murdered along with all his samurai brothers. Now Sands’ mission to find the killers takes him on a journey around the world and a journey to self-discovery. The STARZ series is a reboot of a 1977 film which starred Kim Kelly who was a trained martial artist. Both works are based on the “Black Samurai” novels written by Marc Olden which STARZ says will be updated to a “part Jason Bourne part James Bond, and 100% of the hero we need today.” Common says its a unique opportunity for him and that he “can’t wait to dig into this character and the martial arts worlds of gunfu, kung-fu, jujitsu and more.” Common will also serve as executive producer on the series which will also feature some of his music and Wu Tang Clan. The re-boot of “Black Samurai” is just getting underway, but here’s a look at the trailer for the original film starring Jim Kelly.
“Bad Boys” Bad Timing Actor Martin Lawrence is walking back some of the hype he’s created for the last three years over a “Bad Boys 3” sequel. Lawrence said during an interview that the third installment in the “Bad Boys” franchise was a definite go and that he and Will Smith were on board for the sequel. But now Lawrence doesn’t seem so sure the project is going to happen. Cinema Blend quotes Lawrence as saying “I don’t think we’re going to get one, not the way everything turning out. Will [Smith] is off doing another movie, and I don’t think it’s going to happen.” Smith is currently wrapping up work and promotions for his Netflix “Bright” upcoming December release and he’s been tapped for a live-action adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin in the role of the genie. And another sequel may stand in the way of the Lawrence/Smith re-team up—“Suicide Squad 2” which has been confirmed. Lawrence may be a little down on the likelihood of a “Bad Boys 3”, but he’s not throwing in the towel completely saying “I’m there, I’m ready right now. If they wanted to do it, I’m ready.”
Maya Rudolph is Ready to Slay ‘Em in “The Happytime Murders” The comedian is sharing top billing with “Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy in the comedy about two detectives who clash in more ways than one. McCarthy plays a human who is forced to work with a new partner–a puppet–in order to solve the brutal murders of cast members of a beloved classic puppet show. The comedy is set in the fictitious underbelly of Los Angeles where puppets and humans co-exist. The movie described as “edgy” and “raunchy” will carry an R-Rating. McCarthy says, “When a really good script combines puppet strippers, Los Angeles’ underbelly and comedy, it’s like my fever dream has finally come true.” The movie plot may be a hard sell to audiences, but the Rudolph and McCarthy team up probably won’t be. The last time they shared the screen together they hit comedic gold. “Bridesmaids” in 2011 was a hit bringing in $288 million worldwide. The two also can be seen in another upcoming comedy–“Life of the Party” due to hit theaters next May followed by “The Happytime Murders” scheduled to open in August.
For this week’s look at Black Hollywood, that’s a wrap!