Rapper to co-star in Warner Bros.' sequel

Rapper Common has signed on to co-star in “Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins” for Halcyon Pictures.

Christian Bale and Sam Worthington have already boarded the project, which will be distributed by Warner Bros. domestically. Sony will release the film in most foreign territories.

Story centers on John Connor (Bale), now in his 30s, who leads what is left of the human race in a battle against the machines.  Common will play a freedom fighter and member of Connor’s inner circle.

McG will direct from a script by John D. Brancato & Michael Ferris and Paul Haggis.

Dan Lin, Mortiz Borman, Victor Kubicek, Jeff Silver, Derek Anderson and Jeanne Allgood are producing the film, which will bow May 22, 2009.

Common can next be seen onscreen in “Wanted,” starring Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman and James McAvoy. Later this summer, he is set to release his eighth album, “Invincible Summer.”

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