Recording artist Common performs at the 23rd Annual Super Bowl Party With A Purpose at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on February 1, 2014 in New York City

Recording artist Common performs at the 23rd Annual Super Bowl Party With A Purpose at Brooklyn Cruise Terminal on February 1, 2014 in New York City

*Common is near a deal to play prominent civil rights activist James Bevel and Andre Holland is set to play Andrew Young in “Selma,” the Ava DuVernay-directed drama that has Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt’s Plan B producing at Paramount, reports Deadline.com.

David Oyelowo will star as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Bevel, leader of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and key figure in the politically charged march against segregation in Alabama.

Actor Andre Holland attends 'The Library' opening night celebration at The Public Theater on April 15, 2014 in New York City

Actor Andre Holland attends ‘The Library’ opening night celebration at The Public Theater on April 15, 2014 in New York City

Holland stars opposite Clive Owen in the Steven Soderbergh Cinemax series “The Knick” and opposite Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer in the Mike Binder-directed “Black And White.”

Rap star Common stars in AMC’s “Hell on Wheels.”