‘The Best Man: The Final Chapters’: Everything We Know About the Series so Far
Nearly 25 years since The Best Man first premiered in movie theaters, we will be getting the conclusion to the story in the form of a limited series. Fans of the original film followed Harper (Taye Diggs), whose debut novel leaked just as he headed to New York City to be in his NFL star best friend Lance’s (Morris Chestnut) wedding. However, seeing old friends from college and new revelations from his book caused more drama than Harper expected.
Nearly 15 years later in The Best Man Holiday, Harper, who now has a strained relationship with Lance and his pregnant wife Robyn (Sanaa Lathan) meet at Lance’s home with the rest of their friends for the holidays. But things don’t go as smoothly as expected. Now, almost a decade after that last film, things will conclude in the Peacock limited series, The Best Man: The Final Chapters.
‘The Best Man: The Final Chapters’ is set after the films
The Best Man fans will finally see a conclusion to the trilogy following the 1999 film and the 2013 sequel, The Best Man Holiday. The series longline for The Best Man: The Final Chapters reads, “The series will catch up with Harper, Robyn, Jordan, Lance, Quentin, Shelby, Candace, and Murch as relationships evolve and past grievances resurface in the unpredictable stages of midlife crisis meets midlife renaissance.”
Fans will recall that in The Best Man Holiday, Lance retired from the NFL following his wife’s death. “We’re excited to reunite this beloved cast for a limited series run of The Best Man for Peacock,” said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming via Shadow and Act. “With a powerhouse duo like Malcolm and Dayna at the helm, fans will fall in love with our favorite group of friends all over again.”
‘The Best Man: The Final Chapters’ is currently filming
On his Instagram page, Malcolm D. Lee has been sharing snapshots with the cast, as filming for the Peacock series is already underway.
There is no word yet when the series will debut. However, we can estimate that it will likely air during the holiday season in 2022 or early 2023. The entire cast has returned to reprise their roles including Morris Chestnut (Lance), Melissa De Sousa (Shelby), Taye Diggs (Harper), Regina Hall (Candance), Terrence Howard (Quentin), Sanaa Lathan (Robyn), Nia Long (Jordan) and Harold Perrineau (Murch).
“The Best Man films were a cultural touchstone during my college days — and they’ve remained influential pop culture references to this day,” said Dayna Lynn North, who is co-writing the series. “I’ve grown up laughing with these characters, copying their dance moves, and grieving at their losses. I am overjoyed to be partnering with Malcolm D. Lee and this amazing cast to adapt this iconic franchise at Peacock.”
The series has been in the works for years
Following the success of The Best Man Holiday, fans were eager to see the third film. However, the story is set to conclude over 10 episodes in the Peacock limited series. Apparently, it has been in the works for years, though it’s likely the script was tweaked since it will be seen in series form instead of on the big screen.
“It’s great that people want it. It’s great that people want to do it. So we’ll see what ends up happening,” Diggs told Entertainment Tonight in March 2021. “We haven’t even read the script yet. I have no idea. That was one of the things that we asked for, was to see the script,” he added. “And I don’t know how much is changed from, I think the script was written years ago, but I don’t know how it has changed.”