*Rapper-actor Common is moving from film to television with his first TV role in AMC’s pilot “Hell on Wheels.”

The show is described as a contemporary western that centers on the building of the Transcontinental Railroad.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Common will play Elam, a freed slave who goes West to work on the railroad and find his place in the world. As a half black, half white man, he does not completely belong to either world.

Common — whose real name is Lonnie Lynn — recently appeared in the movies “Just Wright” and “Date Night.”