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Common Is Hell On Wheels

The AMC Network's Western pilot, Hell on Wheels, has recruited three actors to occupy the show's central roles. Among the new cast members is Common, the rapper-turned-actor known to comic book fans for his work in Wanted.

Common stars in the Western series as Elam, a freed slave who goes out west seeking work on the Transcontinental Railroad. AMC's senior vice president of programming Joel Stillerman described of Common: "This part required someone who can transcend the stereotypes of the period and bring the character to life in a truly unique way, and he brings that."

Additionally, Anson Mount and Dominique McElligott have landed the leading male and female roles of Cullen and Lily Bell. Cullen is a former slave owner and ex-Confederate soldier who moves out west to avenge the rape and murder of his beloved wife. Lily is an intelligent woman taking care of her ailing husband, a surveyor working on the railroad's construction.

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Source: Deadline

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