Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Oscar winning hip hop star Common is slated to star in the upcoming film project, “Quick Draw.” The film is being described as “a revenge action thriller” and will begin shooting this summer. It is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Content Media and is written and directed by Harris Goldberg. Look for Common to also appear in “A Happening of Monumental Proportions” with Bradley Whitford and Katie Holmes and “Coco” with Jill Scott and RZA. [DEADLINE]

Broadway starlet and recent “Scandal” actress Saycon Sengbloh will star in a new Judy Smith executive produced untitled project for Fox. The show is centered about a prestigious Illinois university where several star football players are being accused of sexual assault. Sengbloh will play Ava, a detective that is investigating them. [S&A]

Larenz Tate is headed over to ABC for a new drama pilot titled “Salamander.” The project will focus on a brilliant but misanthropic engineer (Tate) recruits a skeptical Homeland Security agent (Allison Miller) to help him track a mysterious bank robber whose theft of 66 specific safety deposit boxes, belonging to the elite and powerful, sets in motion a series of blackmails that might be linked to a greater conspiracy. Look for Tate to also appear in the upcoming romantic comedy, “Girls Trip” with Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith. [DEADLINE]

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