Power Book III: Raising Kanan trailer stars Mekai Curtis
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Power fans everywhere can rejoice at the news that the show’s spin-off will finally be available to stream on Starz this week. Power Book III will transport viewers back to 1991 and follow the life of the original series’ most complex character Kanan Stark (played by Mekai Curtis). Express.co.uk exclusively heard from Raising Kanan lead actor Mekai Curtis about what lies ahead – and whether any crossovers with the other books could happen.
“No, I don’t think you will with this season”, Mekai responded when asked about the possibility of there being a crossover with any of the original series cast members.
He explained: “We’re definitely establishing a new world and with this one here, which is something else I’m excited for.”
Apart from the original themes of drug trafficking and illegal crimes, unlike the original series of Power, this series is delving into the background of the main characters.
Kanan Stark was originally played by 50 Cent and in the flagship series, he often mentioned his troubled childhood, so this series will finally give fans a window to see his adolescent years and to see how he became the twisted character he was as an adult.
Mekai further explained: “Even with the crossovers, you would kind of have to understand who these characters are.”
Raising Kanan will be introducing a bunch of new characters to the Power franchise, including his mother Raquel ‘Raq’ Thomas (Patina Miller).
It has been revealed that the queenpin struggled to keep Kanan away from the life of illegal crimes and despite her efforts, his curiosity got the better of him.
The actor added: “It’s dope that you don’t have to be a fan of Power to watch our show.”
Completely ruling out any hopes of a crossover Mekai stated: “It just happens to be in this universe that we all know and love, but no I don’t think we’re going to see any crossover just yet.”
With season two recently getting the green light from Starz, perhaps there’s a chance that a few familiar faces from the original series will make it to the screens.
“We’re diving into Kanan’s world and seeing what’s happening over there,” he added.
In Power, Kanan was a ruthless murderer who held no qualms about pulling the trigger to anyone no matter the relation, which was evident after he killed his son.
With Raising Kanan deep-diving into his upbringing perhaps, fans will get to see his first murder and the effect it had on him, as well as who it was, why it happened and who helped him.
Mekai confirmed this when he gave an insight into the upcoming series: “You’re essentially stepping into a new world, an entirely new plotline and entirely new characters.”
As well as Mekai playing a young Kanan, other characters from the original series will also be featured in Raising Kanan, but as their younger selves.
Ethan Cutowsky will be playing the short-tempered Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora in Power) and the drug-dealer turned politician hopeful James ‘Ghost’ St Patrick will be played by Chris Sumpter, after being portrayed by Omari Hardwick in Power.
When asked if he watched the original show, Mekai gleefully responded: “I did watch the original series of Power, I was a huge fan.”
“I definitely understood the power coming into the show, I’ve been a fan of the show, just understanding the passionate fan base that the show already had, so I’m used to seeing stuff like that,” was the actor’s explanation when asked about the reception to the prequel.
Mekai further explained: “I knew what we was going into and then going into that room, just made me that much more excited to get into it.”
Power Book III: Raising Kanan premieres July 18 on STARZPLAY.
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