No stranger to the silver screen, Chicago rapper Common is set to star in a remake to the film, Cooley High.
Deadline reports that musician/actor Common will both star in and help produce a remake to the 1975 film, Cooley High. Seth Rosenfeld, who served as writer for the film Sunset Park and several episodes of HBO’s How To Make It In America, will write the script.
The Chicago wordsmith’s Freedom Road Productions is on board, as is Franklin Entertainment and Flame Ventures.
The coming-of-age flick, which originally starred Glynn Turman and Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, tells the story of a group of high school seniors in Chicago. As a comedic drama, Cooley High touched on a number of heavy topics, including gang violence and education in the black community.
Given the relevancy of those topics decades later, Deadline reports that those behind the remake “felt it a timely project in light of the racial unrest that has followed several high-profile shootings throughout the country.”
It is currently unclear what role Common will take on in the Cooley High remake.