Power Book III: Raising Kanan will take us back to where it all began, telling the story of how Kanan Stark (played by Curtis Jackson), James “Ghost” St Patrick (Omari Hardwick) and Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora) came to be involved in the drug world. The Starz prequel will give fans an insight into how the former friends eventually became enemies, starting off with their days in high school. Another key character to play a major role in Raising Kanan is the titular character’s cousin Jukebox (Anika Noni Rose).
WARNING: This article contains spoilers from Power.
LaVerne “Jukebox” Ganner was introduced in series three of Power as the cousin of violent drug dealer Kanan.
She herself was a supporting antagonist in the drama, working as a corrupt police officer.
Jukebox was portrayed by actress Anika Noni Rose in the original Starz drama.
Power was worlds away from some of her other performances, including as the voice of Tiana, Disney’s first black princess in The Princess at the Frog, as well as Lorrell Robinson in musical Dreamgirls.
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In terms of her onscreen work, Kilgore has been in NBC drama The Village, sci-fi series Amazing Stories and Broadway Read Alongs, reprising her role as Ti Moune.
This year is going to be the most important yet of Kilgore’s career though as not only is she starring in Power Book III, she is featuring in the biopic of Aretha Franklin.
Simply called Respect, the film about the soul singer’s life is going to be released sometime this year, with Kilgore portraying Carolyn Franklin, Aretha’s younger sister.
Playing Aretha herself is award-winning singer Jennifer Hudson who originally shot to fame when she appeared on American Idol in 2004.
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During Raising Kanan, sparks are going to fly between Jukebox and new character Nicole Bingham (Annabelle Zasowski).
Nicole is described as a rich Upper East Side prep school student and according to Deadline: “Nicole catches Jukebox’s eye at a choir competition, sparking a romance that blossoms despite the girls’ wildly different backgrounds.”
Their romance is bound to cause plenty of drama as it will see two worlds collide.
Power Book III will be the second spin-off series to come out on Starz.
The first was Power Book II: Ghost which started in September 2020 and will be returning for a second series.
After Raising Kanan, Power Book IV: Force starring Tommy will hopefully come out later this year and then Power Book V: Influence which will focus on Larenz Tate (Rashad Tate), most likely in early 2022.
Power Book 3 will be available to watch on Starz and Starzplay via Amazon Prime later this year.