Thursday, April 22, 2021

Omar Epps Added to Cast of ‘Power’ Prequel ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’

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*”Power” is over, but Starz is expanding the franchise with several spinoff series featuring Mary J. Blige, Method Man and Omar Epps

In July 2019, “Power Book II: Ghost” was announced, and we recently reported that the series will star Mary J. Blige and follow the events that go down 48 hours after the series finale of “Power.”

Three additional spinoffs are also in production: “Power Book III: Raising Kanan,” “Power Book IV: Influence,” and “Power Book V: Force.”

Omar Epps has joined the cast of prequel Raising Kanan, and according to Deadline, the actor “comes to the series based on the backstory of the now deceased character played by Curtis “50 Cent’ Jackson,” the outlet writes.

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There are no specific details of Epps’ role, but according to the report, he’s playing a major figure in the “Power Universe.”

In addition to Mary J. Blige and Method Man, Michael Rainey Jr., Shane Johnson and Naturi Naughton also star in “Power Book II: Ghost,” while Larenz Tate leads “Power Book IV: Influence” and Joseph Sikora, who played Tommy Egan on the series, is leading the L.A.-based “Power Book V: Force.”

Via Complex:

Raising Kanan is a prequel story that is set in the 1990s and follows the life of 50 Cent‘s character, Kanan Stark. Influence will follow Rashad Tate’s (Larenz Tate) quest to be as powerful as possible. As for Force, the series will focus on Tommy Egan’s struggle to cut ties with his street life and move away from New York City. All of these series will be produced by creator Courtney A. Kemp’s End of Episode company.

“In television history, only a select few shows have inspired four consecutive series extensions, launched into active production and development at the same time,” Starz’s president and CEO, Jeffrey Hirsch, said when talking about the spinoff series. “These new and exciting chapters will continue the journey of some of Power‘s most controversial characters while featuring a growing ensemble of complex, distinct characters along with the high-octane drama that set Power in a class of its own.”

50 Cent will serve as the shows’ executive producer.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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