Common’s acting career has flourished over the past few years and he shows no signs of slowing down. He has acted alongside the likes of Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington in successful films but there is one role that slipped away that. The “Glory” rapper was in the running to play Green Lantern in the late 2000s but the opportunity never came to fruition. In a recent chat with ScreenRant, the Chi-town rep revealed that he would still take on that role if he had the chance.
“I would love to be John Stewart and play Green Lantern,” he 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.”
The Oscar-winning emcee also said he could relate to John Stewart because he was conscious of his community’s issues just as he is.
“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.”
The next Green Lantern movie is slated to hit movie theaters on June 20th, 2020.
You can currently catch Com on the big screen in the action flick Run All Night.