STARZPLAY Adds Letoya Luckett, Omar Dorsey, Krystal Joy Brown + Paulina Singer To POWER BOOK III: RAISING KANAN Season Two Cast
STARZPLAY, the international premium streaming service from STARZ, announced today that two-time Grammy® award-winning artist LeToya Luckett (“Ballers,” “Greenleaf”), NAACP Award winner Omar Dorsey (“Queen Sugar,” Harriet, “When They See Us”), Adele & Fred Astaire Award nominee Krystal Joy Brown (“Hamilton,” “The Equalizer”) and Paulina Singer (“Dead of Summer,” “Gotham,” “Orange Is the New Black”) will join the second season of “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” in recurring roles.
LeToya Luckett will play “Kenya,” Jukebox’s mother and Marvin’s ex. She left their family when Jukebox was very young, tried to make it in LA as a singer, but three years ago, she moved back to New York. Upon her return, she settles in Harlem where church is a big part of her life.
Omar Dorsey will play “Cartier "Duns" Fareed,” who is handsome, charismatic, overflowing with confidence, and always dressed to kill. Cartier sucks up all the oxygen in any room into which he steps. He has a vision for business, expanding into less crowded markets like DC and Baltimore and even into other types of business, like music and art.
Krystal Joy Brown will play “Renée Timmons,” Marvin's anger management therapist. Renée can hold her own with anyone, especially the people that attend her class and need help working through their issues.
Paulina Singer will play “Zisa,” a beautiful up-and-coming singer looking to make a name for herself with Lou and Crown's label.
Returning cast include Patina Miller (“Madam Secretary,” The Hunger Games Franchise) as Raquel “Raq” Thomas and MeKai Curtis in the titular role as Kanan Stark. The cast also includes Omar Epps (“House,” Love and Basketball), London Brown (“Ballers”), Malcolm Mays (“Them,” “Snowfall”), Hailey Kilgore (“Amazing Stories”), Joey Bada$$ (Two Distant Strangers), Toby Sandeman (“The Royals”), Shanley Caswell (The Conjuring), Quincy Brown (Dope) and Antonio Ortiz (“Orange Is the New Black,” “High Fidelity”).
“Power Book III: Raising Kanan” creator Sascha Penn returns as showrunner and will continue executive producing alongside Courtney A. Kemp and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson. The “Power” Universe series are executive produced by “Power” creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp through her production company End of Episode, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson through G-Unit Film and Television, and Mark Canton through Atmosphere Entertainment MM. End of Episode’s Chris Selak, Shana Stein and Bart Wenrich also executive produce. Kevin Fox also serves as executive producer. Lionsgate Television produces the series for STARZ.
About “Power Book III: Raising Kanan” – Season One
Set in South Jamaica, Queens, in 1991, “Raising Kanan” is a prequel to the original “Power” franchise. It is a sprawling family drama that revolves around the coming of age of Kanan Stark; Ghost and Tommy’s mentor, partner and adversary, who ultimately dies in a hail of gunfire in the eighth episode of Power’s penultimate season.
When we catch up with Kanan here, he is the fifteen-year-old only child of Raquel “Raq” Thomas, a cocaine distributor with an emerging network of dealers across the city. Much like the original “Power,” “Raising Kanan” explores themes of identity, violence, and legacy, but it is also a deep dive into the very pathology of family; the unique, complicated and fraught dynamic between parent and child, mother and father, brother and sister.
In an increasingly fractious world, family often feels like the only refuge from all the divisiveness and discord and yet, at the same time, we often discover that it is those closest to us who betray us and our values most. And while the ways in which these betrayals, secrets and lies reveal themselves will vary, one truth will remain constant: in “Raising Kanan,” as in the “Power” Universe, no one can be trusted, and nothing is ever as it seems.
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