If you’ve been waiting idly by hoping for news of Power Book III: Raising Kanan, then you’re in luck!
Today, Starz released the official trailer for its new crime drama series, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, the third book within the growing Power Universe franchise.
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The third book in the Power Universe stars 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), Lovie Simone (The Craft: Legacy) and Quincy Brown (Dope).
Sascha Penn serves as creator and showrunner and is executive producing alongside Curtis 50 Cent Jackson and Courtney A. Kemp.
The Power Universe series are executive produced by Power creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp through her production company End of Episode and her overall deal with Lionsgate Television, 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, Danielle De Jesus, and Bart Wenrich also executive produce. Lionsgate Television produces the series for Starz.
About Power Book III: Raising Kanan 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.
The first season of Raising Kanan is an exploration of these betrayals, the secrets and lies that accompany them, and the ways in which they fester, metastasize, and ultimately erupt.
The overarching theme of this first season is, “You reap what you sow.” In other words, actions have consequences; betrayals are always uncovered; secrets are inevitably revealed; chickens come home to roost.
Every character in Raising Kanan is hiding something. From the world, from each other, from themselves.
And as the story unfolds, they each will have to grapple with the unintended and destructive consequences of the information they’ve hidden and withheld.
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.
Are you ready to experience the early ‘90s in this new coming-of-age prequel story revolving around Kanan Stark?
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Power Book III: Raising Kanan will premiere globally on Sunday, July 18 at 8 PM ET/PT on Starz and across all platforms.
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