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Joey Bada$$ and Lovie Simone set to star in Power spinoff ‘Raising Kanan’


Island Boi Photography; Andrew Toth/Getty ImagesGreenleaf‘s Lovie Simone and Mr. Robot‘s Joey Bada$$ are the latest celebs tapped to star in the second Power spinoff Raising Kanan this summer. 

The prequel story Power Book III: Raising Kanan takes a trip down memory lane with now deceased character Kanan, played by 50 Cent, in his early years, learning the rules to the game, set in the 1990s. 

According to Variety, Simone will play tough, yet sensitive Davina Harrison,  Kanan’s crush since second grade. He shows up just in the nick of time as Davina deals with her tough home life and expulsion from school for fighting. 

Meanwhile, Bada$$ plays Unique, the biggest drug kingpin in South Jamaica, Queens. Taking over for his imprisoned brother, he’ll do whatever it takes to take control of his neighborhood and dominate the streets. 

Producer and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp and executive producer Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson announced the expansion of the Power universe last month, including three additional series. The first, Power Book II: Ghost, follows Power, with the original cast and two fresh new faces: Oscar nominee Mary J. Blige and platinum-selling artist and actor Method Man

Candidate Rashad Tate, played by Larenz Tate, isn’t off the hook either, as we take a look at his pursuits in the ruthless world of politics in Power Book IV: Influence. As usual, Tommy, played by Joseph Sikora, is in the wind and has left New York, but is expected to return for Power Book V: Force.

“These new and exciting chapters will continue the journey of some of Power’s most controversial characters while featuring a growing ensemble of complex, distinct characters along with the high-octane drama that set Power in a class of its own,” Starz President and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch said in a statement. 

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