Power Book III: Raising Kanan Drops Summer 2021; STARZ Releases Teaser

With only two episodes left before STARZ's recently-renewed Power Book II: Ghost wraps up its first season (with "Monster" premiering this weekend and season finale "Heart of Darkness" on tap for Sunday, January 3), the stage is set for viewers to have their minds blown as the opening chapter in Tariq's (Michael Rainey Jr.) story comes to its shocking, status quo-changing close. But as the future of the "Power" universe presses the pause button (for now), the past is ready to take front-and-center in Summer 2021 with Power Book III: Raising Kanan– and now viewers are getting a first look at what they can expect.

Power Book III: Raising Kanan Season 1 2021 (Image; STARZ)
(Image: STARZ Entertainment)

In the following teaser, viewers are transported back to '90s Southside Jamaica Queens, NYC as the spotlight on the early years of iconic Power character Kanan Stark (portrayed in the original series by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, and Mekai Curtis in the prequel series). Fans of the original series are well aware of how Kanan's story ended but not how it first began- that is, until now. Set to "Excursions" from legendary hip-hop group A Tribe Called Quest, the following clip also introduces viewers to some of the characters who will be featured in the series- either to help him on his journey or to end it before it's even begun. Here's a look at the teaser for Power Book III: Raising Kanan (along with preview images throughout the post)- with the series set to drop Summer 2021:

"Power Book III: Raising Kanan" is the third installment in the expanding "Power" Universe franchise. The prequel takes viewers back to the '90s and the early years of the now-deceased iconic "Power" character Kanan Stark, portrayed in the original series by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.

The cast of STARZ's Power Book III: Raising Kanan includes series regulars Mekai Curtis as the young Kanan Stark, Patina Miller as Kanan's mother Raquel "Raq" Thomas, Omar Epps as Detective Malcolm Howard, London Brown as Marvin Thomas, Malcolm Mays as Louis "Lou-Lou" Thomas, 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. The cast also includes Quincy Brown as Crown, Ade Chike Torbert as Scrappy, Natalee Linez as Jessica Figueroa, and Annabelle Zasowski as Nicole Bingham.

Power Book III: Raising Kanan
Image: STARZ Entertainment

Created by series showrunner and executive producer Sascha Penn, Power Book III: Raising Kanan is executive produced by original series creator Courtney A. Kemp through her company End of Episode and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson through his G-Unit Film and Television. Mark Canton through his Atmosphere Entertainment MM, End of Episode's Chris Selak and Danielle DeJesus, Shana Stein, Bart Wenrich, and Kevin Fox are also executive producers. Rob Hardy directs the premiere episode and also executive produces, with Lionsgate TV producing for STARZ.

Power Book III
Image: STARZ Entertainment
Power Book III: Raising Kanan Drops Summer 2021; STARZ Releases Teaser
Image: STARZ Entertainment
Power Book III
Image: STARZ Entertainment
Power Book III: Raising Kanan Drops Summer 2021; STARZ Releases Teaser
Image: STARZ Entertainment
Power Book III: Raising Kanan Drops Summer 2021; STARZ Releases Teaser
Image: STARZ Entertainment

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About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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