Power Book III: Raising Kanan: Starz releases trailer
Starz has yet to share a release date for Power Book III: Raising Kanan but the broadcaster has confirmed the series will premiere at some point in the summer – this might be when parent series Power used to air in June or July. The show is going to be a prequel to Power and will be set in the 1990s, following the teen version (played by Mekai Curtis) of deceased drug dealer Kanan Stark (Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson). 50 Cent has released a music video in which fans have been given their first look at Raising Kanan and hints of the origins of the character.
How did Kanan Stark become a drug dealer?
From Power, fans know Kanan and James “Ghost” St Patrick (Omari Hardwick) grew up together in the same neighbourhood and school.
They both got into the game together, starting out as corner boys under the tutelage of Breeze, a local kingpin who was later killed by Ghost.
However, this is just the tip of the iceberg with Raising Kanan expected to share the nuances and details of how the ruthless Kanan viewers met in Power came to be.
Rapper and Kanan star 50 Cent and musician NLE Choppa have dropped a music video for Power Book III’s theme tune Part of the Game.
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Along with the two artists, the video features some telling snippets from the forthcoming show.
There are some telling glimpses including a young Kanan shown how to use a gun, suggesting his loss of innocence.
Additionally, his home life is depicted as troubled again suggesting how he ended up going down such a dark path.
Viewers also see moments featuring Kanan cheerful at school, suggesting he could have had a different life if only certain factors had been different.
The music video also features appearances from series regulars Patina Miller as Kanan’s mother Raquel “Raq” Thomas, Omar Epps as Detective Malcolm Howard, London Brown as Marvin Thomas, and Malcolm Mays as Louis “Lou-Lou” Thomas.
Raising Kanan has an extensive cast and further cast members from the series include Shanley Caswell as Detective Shannon Burke, Lovie Simone as Davina Harrison, Toby Sandeman as Symphony Bosket, Joey Bada$$ as Unique, and Hailey Kilgore as Jukebox.
There will also be recurring appearances from stars Quincy Brown as Crown, Ade Chike Torbert as Scrappy, Natalee Linez as Jessica Figueroa, and Annabelle Zasowski as Nicole Bingham.
The music video was shot in Southside Jamaica Queens, New York, the setting of Raising Kanan but also where 50 Cent grew up.
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Raising Kanan will have a different feel to Power because it’s period piece and fits within the context of this era.
Interestingly, the writers can draw upon the history of the time as well as hindsight from the future of Power which has already laid down the foundations for the show.
Power Book III is the only show to be set in the past with Ghost simply continuing after the parent series.
Similarly, Power Book IV: Force and Power Book V: Influence are going to be set after the events of Power in a contemporary time period.
Previously speaking about Raising Kanan, Power creator Courtney Kemp teased details, saying: “It’s a very different show in terms of pacing and feel.”
She added to Deadline: “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.”
Although Kemp said she wanted to see Easter Eggs in the Power franchise much like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, she wanted Raising Kanan to establish itself first as a show rather than having to compete with fellow spin-off Power Book II: Ghost.
She did say about the inclusion of 50 Cent in Raising Kanan: “But yes, it would be great to have 50 in as much as we can and make sure that there’s room for Raising Kanan to really succeed.”
Power Book III: Raising Kanan will premiere on Starz and Starzplay this summer
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