Meet the cast of Power Book III: Raising Kanan
Meet the stars who play younger versions of characters such as Kanan and Jukebox.
The Power franchise continues to grow even as the original series has now drawn to a close. With three other spin-offs currently airing, the cast list across the universe of shows continues to grow.
One of these spin-offs, Power Book III: Raising Kanan, is currently airing its second season, which is continuing to chart Kanan's rise to become the ruthless drug dealer played by 50 Cent in the original series.
Here, Kanan is played by Mekai Curtis, while the rest of the cast is filled out with stars including Omar Epps, Patina Miller and Hailey Kilgore.
But who else stars in the show, which is currently airing on STARZPLAY? Read on for everything you need to know about the cast of Power Book III: Raising Kanan.
Mekai Curtis plays Kanan Stark
Who is Kanan? Kanan is, of course, a powerful drug lord who acted as a mentor – and later rival – to Ghost in the original Power, eventually becoming one of the overarching villains of the series. However, in this spin-off Kanan is still finding his feet in the drug world, with his transformation into a cold-blooded killer only just beginning.
Where have I seen Mekai Curtis before? Kanan will be quite a different role for Curtis, who made his name acting in several Disney projects, including playing Fish in Disney XD's Kirby Buckets and Paul in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. He has also appeared in Arrested Development and lent his voice to Milo Murphy's Law.
Omar Epps plays Detective Malcolm Howard
Who is Malcolm? Malcolm Howard is an NYPD detective and the sworn enemy of South Jamaica, constantly harassing the inhabitants in an effort to clean up New York's most dangerous neighbourhood.
Where have I seen Omar Epps before? Epps is perhaps best known for playing Dr. Eric Foreman on all eight seasons of House M.D., but has also starred in fellow medical drama ER, military drama Shooter and fantasy Resurrection. The actor has also starred in films such as Juice, Higher Learning and The Wood, and has worked as a producer and rapper.
Patina Miller plays Raquel 'Raq' Thomas
Who is Raq? Raq is Kanan's mother, and the absolute centre of his world. Kanan is the sole recipient of her love also – but she's not as keen as he is for him to follow in her footsteps. Raq is a cold, hard and ruthless queen pin and sole provider for her family, including her two brothers, and her complicated relationship with Kanan will prove to be one of the biggest influences on the future drug lord.
Where have I seen Patina Miller before? Miller first gained recognition for originating the role of Deloris Van Cartier in the West End and Broadway productions of Sister Act and also played the lead role in the 2013 revival of Pippin. She has since transitioned to the screen, starring as Commander Paylor in the Hunger Games films and Daisy Grant in political drama Madam Secretary.
Hailey Kilgore plays LaVerne 'Jukebox' Ganner
Who is Jukebox? Jukebox is Kanan's cousin, who also appeared as an adult in the original Power series. Before she was a corrupt cop, however, in Raising Kanan she is a tough, independent teenage girl attempting to hustle enough money to pursue a music career.
Where have I seen Hailey Kilgore before? Taking over from Anika Noni Rose who played adult Jukebox, Kilgore is best known for her theatre work in Broadway shows such as Once on This Island, which netted the young star a Tony nomination. On-screen she has appeared in short-lived drama The Village and the Apple TV+ revival of Amazing Stories, and can be seen in the Aretha Franklin biopic Respect.
Antonio Ortiz plays Shawn 'Famous' Figueroa
Who is Shawn 'Famous' Figueroa? Shawn is Kanan's fiercely loyal best friend and an aspiring rapper.
Where have I seen Antonio Ortiz before? Ortiz has appeared in series such as High Fidelity and The Sinner, as well as the Netflix film The Forty-Year-Old Version.
London Brown plays Marvin Thomas
Who is Marvin Thomas? Marvin is Lou-Lou and Raq's older brother and the father of Jukebox. He's Kanan's uncle and acts as an enforcer for Raq's drug empire.
Where have I seen London Brown before? Brown starred in Dwayne Johnson series Ballers, as well as The Hustle and American Soul.
Malcolm Mays plays Lou-Lou Thomas
Who is Lou-Lou Thomas? Lou-Lou is Raq's fiercely loyal younger brother who often acts as her voice of reason.
Where have I seen Malcolm Mays before? Mays has appeared in Snowfall, Rebel and Chris Morris film The Day Shall Come. Last year he appeared in the Amazon series Them.
Jo-Vaughn Scott (Joey Bada$$) plays Unique
Who is Unique? Unique is Raq's major rival in the drug world in South Jamaica, Queens, who was sent to prison at the end of season 1.
Where have I seen Jo-Vaughn Scott (Joey Bada$$) before? Scott, also known as Joey Bada$$, is primarily a rapper but has also appeared in Mr Robot, Wu-Tang: An American Saga and Grown-ish.
Toby Sandeman plays Symphony Bosket
Who is Symphony Bosket? Symphony is a love interest of Raq's whose backstory remains somewhat mysterious.
Where have I seen Toby Sandeman before? Sandeman is a double Olympic gold medalist who represented Great Britain in the 200 metres. In his acting career alongside Raising Kanan, he has appeared in The Royals and The Game.
Power Book III: Raising Kanan airs on STARZPLAY with new episodes dropping on Sundays. Looking for something else to watch? Check out our TV Guide or visit our Drama hub for more news and features.
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