Rapper/actor Common landed his first animated role in Happy Feet 2 after missing out on playing superhero the Green Lantern in a planned animated Justice League movie.
The Book of Life singer was cast as the Green Lantern in director George Miller's film, but the project didn't get off the ground.
Miller, however, took a shine to the star and asked him if he'd be interested in signing up for his next film.
The filmmaker tells WENN, "I fell in love with the guy and I called him up and said, 'You can't play the Green Lantern but how about playing a penguin?'"