‘Power Book IV: Force’: 50 Cent on the Difference Between the Show and Other Spinoffs
Next up after Power Book II: Ghost and Power Book III: Raising Kanan is Power Book IV: Force. Starring Joseph Sikora, the show continues the story of Tommy Egan, the best friend of the late and great James St. Patrick from the original Power series. Executive producer 50 Cent spoke more about the show in an interview, including how it differs from the other spinoffs.
What is ‘Power Book IV: Force’ about?
Force picks up after James’ death in Power, following Tommy as leaves New York and rebuilds his life from scratch.
“What you can expect on the show is a lot more of the same from Tommy,” Sikora previously explained on Instagram Live, “but he’s got nothing. So remember, he left New York with nothing. He left New York with a bunch of money, some guns, some burners, and that’s it. Just everything he had on his person. So you’re gonna watch Tommy rebuild himself in real-time.”
“It’s almost like watching a flashback in the future, in some ways,” he explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. “Because what we’re doing is we’re seeing how Tommy became Tommy — but after he lost everything. What does he do when he has nothing? How does he make things work?”
In addition to Sikora, the cast of Power Book IV: Force includes Kris D. Lofton (Empire), Isaac Keys (Get Shorty), Lili Simmons (Ray Donovan), Anthony Fleming III (Prison Break), Gabrielle Ryan (The Haves and the Have Nots), and Shane Harper (Hightown), among others.
50 Cent on Tommy Egan’s spinoff
50 Cent spoke more about Force in a conversation with Sikora for XXL. He teased that it would explode immediately whereas the other shows had more of a slow burn.
“The way that New York was a character in ‘Power,’ Chicago is in ‘Force,'” said the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson. “Knowing Tommy’s temperament, knowing that he’s headfirst with everything he does, it’s just exciting out the gate. Like from episode 1.”
“I gave ‘Raising Kanan’ [until episode] 5. I said, by episode 5, they would say, I like this more than I like the original ‘Power.’ … With ‘Raising Kanan,’ it took those five episodes to immerse them in that period. … But when you get to ‘Force,’ I think the coolest things that are missing from those other things and it being in the same time period, [is that] it comes on with the same intensity, adult criminal activity versus college kids.”
When does ‘Power Book IV: Force’ come out?
Force is set for a 2022 premiere, but the exact release date has not been provided. The show is expected to debut after the second season of Power Book II: Ghost, the show focusing on James’ son Tariq St. Patrick, and before the return of Power Book III: Raising Kanan, which examines the earlier life of Power antagonist Kanan Stark.
The last spinoff is Power Book V: Influence, Rashad Tate’s show following him as he strives to achieve greater political power. It doesn’t yet have a release date. But Tate will appear in the next season of Ghost, set to premiere on Sunday, Nov. 21.