Coming hot off some NAACP Award victories, Courtney Kemp, 50 Cent, and the rest of the Power team are poised to drop the next installment in the franchise.
It’s time to strut into the ’90s with Power Book III: Raising Kanan, the highly anticipated prequel that follows Kanan Stark’s life. Starz just revealed the TV show’s official release date.
‘Power Book III: Raising Kanan’ will arrive in summer 2021
After dropping a teaser trailer back in December 2020, the Power crew is reminding fans that the series never ends. Like other film and TV projects, production was delayed due to the pandemic. But the day is finally coming. Season 1 of the newest spinoff, Raising Kanan, will debut on Starz on July 18.
Power creator/showrunner Courtney Kemp shared the news on her Twitter and Instagram accounts, and the virtual cheers are audible. 50 Cent also posted the announcement on his Instagram page with the message, “This is it right here, the golden era Raising Kanan 💣BOOM💥 🚦Green Light Gang 7/18 must see.”
The timing is perfect, as actor/rapper Joey Bada$$ just won his first Oscar for his role in Two Distant Strangers. The movie earned an Academy Award for Best Live-Action Short film. Bada*s stars in Raising Kanan as a drug kingpin named Unique.
‘Raising Kanan’ follows the character’s teenage years
Ready to go back to the golden age of hip-hop? 50 Cent already warmed the Power crowd up when he dropped the video for the Power Book III: Raising Kanan theme song back in January. Titled “Part of the Game,” the track features an appearance from NLE Choppa.
Raising Kanan is all about Stark’s adolescent phase prior to the time he meets Ghost and Tommy. Viewers will meet his family, and judging by the trailer, he has the same type of bond with his mom that Tariq has with Tasha.
The cast includes Mekai Curtis as Kanan, Omar Epps as Detective Howard, London Brown as Marvin, Patina Miller as Raquel (Kanan’s mother), and Malcolm Mays as Lou-Lou. Fans will also get to see cousin Jukebox.
During an interview with Deadline back in January, Kemp explained that this series has its own individual vibe.
“It’s a very different show in terms of pacing and feel. It does feel like Power, you definitely feel the Power of that in that show, the capital P Power, but it also has its own small p power in the story that it’s telling and in its time and you want to make sure that the audience feels that as well,” she said.
‘Power Book 4’ is also on the way
Next up in the Power universe is Power Book IV: Force, the Tommy-centric spinoff that will take the gangster to Chicago. Tommy’s dealings with a local Irish crime family will likely interfere with his personal life and the way he does business, but one can only hope that he cancels Christmas on someone. Production began in March and along with Book 2, will continue in the coming weeks.
Fans can currently stream Power and Power Book II: Ghost on Starz. And mark the calendar for Sunday, July 18.
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