Rapper Joey Bada$$ Joins Prequel ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ Cast as a Series Regular
With Power Book II: Ghost currently under production, Power Book III: Raising Kanan already began casting. In addition to previously announced Mekai Curtis (Kanan Stark), Patina Miller (Raq), Lovie Simone (Davina Harrison), Hailey Kilgore (young Jukebox), Omar Epps (Detective Howard), and Quincy Brown (local music producer, Crown), known stars including London Brown, Malcolm Mays, Shanley Caswell, Toy Sandeman, and Joey Bada$$ have also joined as series regulars. Here are everyone’s roles in the prequel.
How did ‘Power’ end?
After realizing James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) would turn her in for the murder of her best friend, Lakeisha Grant (LaLa Anthony), and wanted his son, Tariq (Michael Rainey, Jr.), to confess for killing the dirty cop who shot his twin sister, Tasha (Naturi Naughton) decided she would kill her estranged husband.
However, their son approached him alone at his club first. Angry his father left their family for the late Angela Valdes (Lela Loren) and upset Ghost tried to force him to confess after the Truth owner said he would take the blame, Tariq shot and killed his dad.
Tasha then tried to pin it on her new boyfriend, Q (Tyrone Marshall Brown), but he wisely went into a store during the time of shooting to have an alibi. Additionally, Ghost left nothing for his now ex-wife and instead split his estate among his children.
While Tariq will inherit everything his father owned, including the club, he cannot receive anything until after earning a degree from a four-year university with at least a 3.5-grade point average.
The series ended with the cops arresting Tasha for Ghost’s murder and Tariq settling in at his college dorm.
What is the premise of ‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’?
Currently, there are four upcoming Power spin-offs based on some characters viewers love to hate or hate to love. Power Book II: Ghost, led by newcomers Mary J. Blige (Monet) and Cliff “Method Man” Smith (lawyer Davis Maclean), will also include Tariq, Tasha, and district attorney Cooper Saxe.
Power Book III: Raising Kanan is the only prequel and dives deeper into the background and rise of Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s character, Kanan Stark. Power Book IV: Influence revolves around dirty councilman Rashad Tate and his political world, and Power Book V: Force follows Ghost’s best friend and business partner, Tommy Egan, who leaves New York behind for California.
Joey Bada$$ joins ‘Raising Kanan’ cast as a series regular
Ballers star London Brown will star in the prequel as Marvin, who is Kanan’s uncle, Jukebox’s dad, the older brother to Raq and Lou-Lou, and the muscle for Raq’s drug business.
While Marvin is a physical person who stays ready for a fight, he isn’t the smartest, and his more intelligent younger sisters often dismiss his opinions.
Extremely loyal and often the sensible one, his sister Raq, who is Kanan’s mother, trusts Lou-Lou to handle their family business. However, he eventually wants to leave and follow his passion for music. Omar Epps and Shanley Caswell also star in the show as partners Detective Howard and Burke.
UK model and athlete Toby Sandeman portrays the intelligent and attractive Symphony Bosket who bartends at night while attending school to receive his Masters in Urban Planning during the day. He and Raq meet and quickly develop feelings for each other, although they are from entirely different backgrounds.
Finally, rapper Jo-Vaughn “Joey Bada$$” Scott joined the cast as Unique, the biggest drug kingpin in the New York borough, put in charge by his brother, who’s serving life in prison. He serves as Raq’s handsome and fierce rival as he controls the neighborhood.
Power Book II premieres in June 2020. Power Book III: Raising Kanan premieres sometime after that.