Meet the Power Book II: Ghost season 3 cast — who's who in the hit show
Get familiar with all the major characters in this Power world and check out where they are headed in the new season.
After an explosive season 2 that saw some players in the Power universe bite the bullet and others transition off the canvas for other reasons, Power Book II: Ghost season 3 sees some familiar faces joined by new ones that are sure to shake things up.
As Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) is now on a mission to exit the drug game with his life and away from prison, viewers will have to see which players on the scene will prevent that from happening.
Let's get familiar with the characters and take an in-depth look at the Power Book II: Ghost season 3 cast.
Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq St. Patrick
With his mom and baby sister squared away in protective custody, Tariq wants to collect the money he's owed and reunite with his family away from the criminal life. Unfortunately, leaving the underworld behind is nearly impossible as his drug contacts pull him further into the street hustle. Although he vows to be different from his father, Tariq's path makes him more like his dad than ever before.
Michael Rainey Jr has been portraying Tariq since the original Power first aired in 2014. He's also been spotted in The Butler , Barbershop: The Next Cut and Orange Is the New Black .
Mary J. Blige as Monet Stewart Tejada
With her firstborn son Zeke now dead at the hands of a murderer, Monet is out for vengeance. She wants to know who took her son’s life and tasks Davis MacLean with finding that person. However, in the midst of grieving and on a quest for payback, she has to tend to the rest of her family and get back to business. It's yet to be seen if she can deal with all that's on her plate.
Mary J. Blige portrays Monet. The nine-time Grammy winner received an Oscar nomination in 2017 for her performance in Mudbound . She's also been spotted in Respect , The Umbrella Academy and How to Get Away with Murder .
Shane Johnson as Cooper Saxe
Having lost his civil service career as an FBI agent and a lawyer with the US Attorney’s Office, Cooper is now a defense attorney working side by side with Davis. Although, his work with Davis is a sham, as he's really undercover as an informant for prosecuting attorney Jenny Sullivan (Paton Ashbrook), who happens to be his fling. His main goal though is to find dirt on Tariq and the St. Patrick family to exact revenge.
Shane Johnson plays Cooper Saxe. Johnson has made guest appearances in Blue Bloods , Scandal and Chicago P.D.
Gianni Paolo as Brayden Weston
Kicked out of Stansfield University and now working with his uncle at the family's hedge fund, Brayden attempts to carve out his own unique space in life by partnering in the drug game with Tariq. While the money and excitement of the underworld are appealing, when threats come out of the woodwork, Brayden realizes how dangerous dealing in crime can be.
Starring as Brayden is Gianni Paolo. He’s previously starred in Ma , The Mick and The Fosters .
Lovell Adams-Gray as Dru Tejada
Dru was once happy with boyfriend Everett, but Dru’s family ties to drugs continue to present a problem for the couple. As such is the case, Dru increasingly finds solace in an old family friend named Gordo. The latter encourages Dru to embrace the Tejada family business and even take control of the drug enterprise. Not to mention, the line between friendship and romance starts to blur between the two.
Portraying Dru is Lovell Adams-Gray. Adams-Gray has been spotted in Brother , Coroner and DC's Legends of Tomorrow .
Paton Ashbrook as Jenny Sullivan
Having lost the high-profile Jabari Reynolds murder case, Jenny is out to bury Tariq, the Tejadas and Davis. The prosecutor is willing to do almost anything to see her targets behind bars.
Paton Ashbrook plays Jenny. Ashbrook has been featured in The Baker and the Beauty , Blue Bloods and The Good Fight .
Moriah Brown as Keke Travis
Keke is the ambitious VP at Weston Holdings, who happens to be tangled up in a romantic situation of sorts with Brayden. While she and Brayden explore their mutual attraction, she has a hidden agenda of trying to find out what Brayden and Tariq are up to and how to use that information for her benefit.
Keke actress Moriah Brown was previously in Turnt , Raising Dion and Ballers .
Monique Gabriela Curnen as Blanca Rodriguez
Blanca is another person with a vendetta against the St. Patrick clan. As an NYPD officer, she's been trying hard to put a member of the crime family behind bars. Unfortunately in her efforts, she sees one of her confidential informants killed. With her eyes now set on taking down Tariq, she combines her forces with Jenny.
Monique Gabriela Curnen has been featured in Fast & Furious , The Dark Knight and Away .
Alix Lapri as Effie Morales
Effie has grown up often looking out for herself and has been hustling in the drug game with Tariq in an effort to pay for grad school. Coincidentally, the more she works with Tariq the more she finds herself falling for him. Unfortunately, a romance with Tariq may be doomed to fail should he find out that Effie murdered Tariq’s girlfriend Lauren (Paige Hurd).
Effie Morales is portrayed by Alix Lapri. Lapri has previously starred in Den of Thieves and Red Band Society.
Woody McClain as Cane Tejada
Cane is on a mission take over his family business, competing against his younger brother Dru for the Tejada family throne. However, Cane feels he has the upper hand considering he's blackmailing Lorenzo for his support (Cane knows that Lorenzo murdered Zeke).
Playing Cane is Woody McClain, who portrayed R&B singer Bobby Brown in both The New Edition Story and The Bobby Brown Story . He was also spotted in The Harder They Fall .
Keesha Sharp as Professor Harper Bennet
Professor Bennet is the love interest of corrupt politician Rashad Tate. While she's committed to her students at Stansfield University, she also puts a lot of time and effort into nurturing her relationship with Rashad, trying her best to see their second go-around in love be successful. Unfortunately, his questionable actions often present a problem for her.
Keesha Sharp stars as Professor Bennet after previously starring in Girlfriends , Lethal Weapon (series) and Empire .
Cliff "Method Man" Smith as Davis MacLean
Davis has a lot of balls to juggle these days. Monet is pressuring him to find Zeke's killer, he and Tariq are being forced deeper into the drug game and he is trying his hardest to get his brother out of prison. Unbeknownst to him, he's also dealing with a trader among his midst in Cooper Saxe.
Wu-Tang Clan rapper Cliff Smith, aka Method Man, stars as Davis. Method Man has pivoted from music to acting having starred in projects like How High , Concrete Cowboy and Godfather of Harlem .
LaToya Tonodeo as Diana Tejada
She may be the daughter of Monet and Lorenzo, but Diana isn't in the best place with her parents after exposing Zeke's true parentage. However, Lorenzo helps Diana in her quest to go to college, but she has to help in the family business in the process, which she hates. Sadly, Diana doesn’t see a way out of the criminal enterprise.
Diana is portrayed by LaToya Tonodeo. The actress has been in The Perfect Match , The Fosters and The Oath .
David Walton as Lucas Weston
Lucas is the investment manager of Weston Holdings and has been tasked with keeping an eye on his nephew Brayden. Often oeprating in the morally grey area and not above playing dirty, the older Weston also takes a liking to Tariq and sees him as a potential asset to the company.
David Walton stars as Lucas. TV watchers may recognize him from A Million Little Things , New Girl and About a Boy.
Larenz Tate as Rashad Tate
Rashad is not the most ethical attorney, so it's safe to say he wouldn't be the most ethical politician as he seeks to become a senator. Knowing a wife would boost his political aspirations, he rekindles things with Professor Bennet, but she's not exactly ready to overlook his questionable practices.
Larenz Tate has long been a fixture in Hollywood, appearing in Love Jones , Menace II Society , Ray and Girls Trip .
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Tariq St. Patrick grapples with a new world order in a "Power" spin-off series.
'Power Book II: Ghost' Season 3 Cast & Character Guide: Who Are the New and Returning Cast Members
The high-octane drama returns with even more characters.
Power Book II: Ghost is an American crime drama television series created by Courtney A. Kemp and is a spinoff from her popular show, Power . The series premiered in 2020 and follows Tariq St. Patrick, the son of former drug kingpin James "Ghost" St. Patrick, as he navigates the complex world of drugs, sex, and power, in his attempt to clear his mother's name and secure his future. The show's third season kicks off with Tariq St. Patrick determined to get back to his family and get out of the game for good. Season 3 of Power Book II: Ghost is doubling down on its adventures and risky dealings.
Season 3 of Power Book II: Ghost premieres on Starz on March 17, 2023. Before you catch up on the new season, here is the cast and character guide.
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Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq St. Patrick
Michael Rainey Jr. plays Tariq St. Patrick, the main character in Power Book II: Ghost . Tariq is the son of James "Ghost" St. Patrick, the former protagonist of the original Power series. As a college student, Tariq tries to juggle his academic responsibilities while also being the head of his family. But after his mother is accused of killing Ghost, he is pulled into the criminal underworld of New York City to provide for his family. Displaying intelligence and ruthlessness, Tariq is a complex character willing to go to any lengths to protect his family, even if it means getting into any criminal activity.
Rainey Jr. began acting at 10 years old, appearing in minor roles in TV shows and movies such as The Butler and Orange is the New Black . However, he rose to fame after being cast as Tariq St. Patrick, the lead character in the spinoff series Power Book II: Ghost .
Gianni Paolo as Brayden Weston
Gianni Paolo plays Brayden Weston, a wealthy and privileged college student who becomes roommates with Tariq St. Patrick at Stansfield University. Despite his privileged background, Brayden remains faithful to Tariq and becomes a valuable accomplice in his ventures. Initially, the show depicts Brayden as a naive and inexperienced character who is disconnected from the realities of life beyond his privileged upbringing. But as he becomes increasingly involved in Tariq's illegal activities, he develops a more ruthless side to his personality. Paolo began his acting career in 2015 with a small role in Power . He's also well-known for his performance in the horror movie Ma .
Woody McClain as Cane Tejada
Woody McClain plays Cane Tejada, the eldest child of Lorenzo and Monet Tejada. As Monet's trusted right-hand man, he is also the half-brother of Ezekiel Cross and the elder brother of Dru and Diana Tejada. Cane is responsible for enforcing the Tejada drug organization's rules and is Monet's most reliable son until they form a partnership with Tariq. McClain s best known for his portrayal of Bobby Brown in the BET miniseries The New Edition Story and its follow-up film Whitney .
LaToya Tonodeo as Diana Tejada
LaToya Tonodeo plays Diana Tejada, the daughter of Monet Stewart Tejada, the influential leader of a drug empire based in Queens, New York. Diana is depicted as an intelligent and driven individual committed to achieving success within her family's criminal organization. She frequently clashes with her younger brother, Dru, who is more emotional and hesitant about participating in the family's illegal activities. Tonodeo landed her first television gig in 2009 with a minor role in the comedy movie Becoming Pony Boi . Tonodeo's breakthrough role came in the American web series The Oath , where she portrayed Tara Byrd and gained recognition.
Lovell Adams-Gray as Dru Tejada
Lovell Adams-Gray plays Dru Tejada, the youngest son of Monet and Lorenzo Tejada. Although he is an artist during the day, he finds himself as an emerging drug dealer by night, as it has been in his family's bloodline since his parents' marriage. Dru grapples with his role in his family's criminal organization as the series progresses. Despite his initial reluctance to be part of the drug trade, Dru eventually gets more involved, which exposes him to danger and leads to a significant amount of conflict and suspense in the show. Adams-Gray has also appeared in several other TV series, including Lost Girl , Supernatural , and films such as Deadly Inferno and Canada's Sweetheart: The Saga of Hal C. Banks .
Mary J. Blige as Monet Stewart Tejada
Mary J. Blige plays Monet Stewart Tejada, the head of a prominent drug-trafficking clan in Queens, New York. Monet is an uncompromising entrepreneur who prioritizes safeguarding her family's affairs and is willing to take drastic measures to achieve her goals. She is fiercely devoted to her kin and anticipates the same degree of faithfulness from them. She has gained a reputation as one of the most dominant and intimidating women in the criminal world.
Blige is a decorated singer-songwriter and actress who has won multiple Grammy Awards and is regarded as the "Queen of Hip Hop Soul" for her unique blend of R&B, soul, and hip-hop music. Blige received critical acclaim for her performance as Florence Jackson in the 2017 drama film Mudbound , for which she received several award nominations, including the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
Clifford "Method Man" Smith Jr. as Davis Maclean
Clifford "Method Man" Smith Jr. plays a high-powered defense attorney who Tariq St. Patrick's family hires to represent him in his ongoing legal troubles. Davis is portrayed as a sophisticated and charismatic lawyer skilled at manipulating the legal system to his advantage. Method Man first gained prominence as a member of the influential hip-hop group Wu-Tang Clan. In addition to his music career, he has acted in various films and television shows, including How High , The Wire , and Luke Cage .
Shane Johnson as Cooper Saxe
Shane Johnson plays Cooper Saxe, a former Assistant United States Attorney who becomes a private attorney after being fired from his position in the U.S. Attorney's Office. Cooper is portrayed as a conniving and ambitious lawyer who is obsessed with taking down Tariq St. Patrick and his family for their involvement in the drug trade. He is often at odds with his former colleagues in law enforcement and is willing to bend or break the rules to achieve his goals. Johnson's notable television credits include CSI: Miami , Law & Order , Cold Case , and Castle , among others. He remains a prominent figure in the entertainment industry, showcasing his talent and versatility as an actor.
Alix Lapri as Effie Morales
Alix Lapri plays Effie Morales, a student at Stansfield University who becomes romantically involved with Tariq. Effie is portrayed as an intelligent and independent young woman who is also involved in the drug trade. She initially befriends Tariq because she wants to buy drugs from him, but their relationship quickly becomes more complicated as they become closer and develop feelings for each other. Lapri is a singer-songwriter who began her music career at a young age, performing covers of popular songs on YouTube. This eventually led to her signing a recording contract with an independent label.
Berto Colon as Lorenzo Tejada
Berto Colon plays Lorenzo Tejada, the incarcerated patriarch of the Tejada family, a powerful drug-dealing organization based in Queens, New York. Lorenzo is portrayed as a shrewd and ruthless criminal mastermind who is feared and respected by those around him. Despite being behind bars, he continues influencing his family's operations and maintaining control over their criminal empire. Colon began his acting career in the early 2000s and has since appeared in numerous films, television shows, and stage productions. He's appeared in shows like Orange Is the New Black , Blindspot , and Narcos .
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Paton Ashbrook as Jenny Sullivan
Paton Ashbrook plays Jenny Sullivan, a lawyer that defended James St. Patrick during Tasha St. Patrick's trial for murder. But the charges against Tasha were abandoned after Saxe had charged Tasha with the queen pin statue. Jenny is returning to the spotlight to defend Jabari Reynolds, who was murdered at Stansfield University. She is determined to prosecute Reynolds's killer, whoever that may be. Ashbrook is an actress and director who has gained recognition for her work in several projects, including Minor Premise and Shameless .
Larenz Tate as Rashad Tate
Larenz Tate plays Rashad Tate, a former New York City Councilman and a successful political candidate who runs for the position of Lieutenant Governor. Rasha is portrayed as a charismatic and ambitious politician willing to do whatever it takes to achieve his goals, including dealing with unsavory characters and manipulating those around him.
Tate is best known for his roles in films such as Menace II Society , Dead Presidents , and Love Jones . In addition to his work on the big screen, Tate has also appeared in several television series, including The Postman and Rescue Me .
Monique Curnen as Blanca Rodriguez
Monique Curnen plays Blanca Rodriguez, an NYPD detective investigating Ghost and Angela. Following Angela's death, she persuaded Jacob Warner to appoint her as the task force leader investigating the case along with Cooper Saxe. Curnen appeared in shows like Lie to Me and Gotham .
Season 3 of Power Book II: Ghost also sees the arrival of new characters. Keesha Sharp plays Harper Bone, a new professor at Stansfield University. Sharp starred in several popular television series, including Girlfriends and Everybody Hates Chris . David Walton , from Heist , appears as Lucas Weston, an adventure-seeking high-level executive at his family's Wall Street firm. Moriah Brown plays Kiki Travis, Tariq's new love interest and Bayden's new lover.
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Meet the cast of Power Book II: Ghost
Starz's sequel to hit crime series Power will focus on James "Ghost" St. Patrick's college-age son, Tariq.
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Crime drama Power just launched a spin-off series focussing on Michael Rainey Jr's Tariq St Patrick, who embodies everything his parents hoped for him - and yet in order to protect his mother, he's now having to tread the same path she fought so hard to keep him from.
The story picks up shortly after the final episode of Power's six-season run, and sees Tariq as a freshman at Stansfield University, alongside some familiar faces.
Here's everything you ned to know about the cast and characters of Power Book II: Ghost .
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Michael Rainey Jr. plays Tariq St. Patrick
Who is Tariq St. Patrick? A freshman at Stansfield University, Tariq represents his father James' dreams fulfilled - or at least he would, if it weren't for the double life he begins leading in order to pay for Tasha's lawyers.
Where have I seen Michael Rainey Jr. before? He starred at Tariq previously in the original Stars series Power. He's also appeared in the likes of Orange Is The New Black, the film The Butler with Forest Whitaker, and Luv.
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Naturi naughton plays tasha st. patrick.
Who is Tasha St. Patrick? Tasha Green St. Patrick once lived a luxurious life as the wife of a drug dealer, but she's since been imprisoned for murdering her husband - a murder she didn't commit.
Where have I seen Nature Naughton before? She originated the role of Tasha in the original Starz series Power. A singer and actress, she's known for roles in Mad Men, Lil Kim in Fox Searchlight’s hit film Notorious, and her role in MGM’s remake of Fame.
Mary J. Blige plays Monet Stewart Tejada
Who is Monet Stewart Tejada? Monet Stewart Tedjada's husband Lorenzo is in jail for murder, but that hasn't stopped her from running the murky family business with an iron fist.
Where have I seen Mary J. Blige before? The Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and actress recently starred in the Netflix series The Umbrella Academy , and was Oscar nominated for her role in Mudbound.
Shane Johnson plays Cooper Saxe
Who is Cooper Saxe? The "last man standing in the Eastern District", Cooper Saxe will once again be tossed into the path of the St. Patricks.
Where have I seen Shane Johnson before? The actor has starred in Scandal, Saving Private Ryan, BlackCadillac, Behind Enemy Lines, Pumpkin, Take, and Chez Upshaw, and recently played the titular role in The Possession of Michael King.
Gianni Paolo plays Brayden Weston
Who is Brayden Weston? Tariq's former roommate, privileged Brayden Weston reunited with his older friend at Stansfield, and is keen to re-ignite their high school drug business.
Where have I seen Gianni Paolo before? In addition to playing Brayden in Power, he has starred in the thriller Ma, and in The Mick, The Fosters, and Hulu’s Chance.
Quincy Tyler Bernstine plays Tameika Washington
Who is Tameika Washington? A high-powered defense attorney taking on Tasha’s case, she's determined to discover the truth - and who her client is protecting.
Where have I seen Quincy Tyler Bernstine before? The actress has starred in various projects including The Code, Modern Love, Manchester By The Sea, Easy Living, and Still Alice.
Daniel Bellomy plays Ezekiel "Zeke" Cross
Who is Ezekiel "Z eke"Cross? Monet's nephew, he's an aspiring sports star who must rely on Tariq's tutoring to up his grades.
Where have I seen Daniel Bellomy before? You might recognise the young actor from roles in both The Deuce for HBO, and in Suits.
Paige Hurd plays Lauren Baldwin
Who is Lauren Baldwin? A top Stansfield student whose academic position is challenged by Tariq St. Patrick - and who develops a budding romance with him outside of the classroom.
Where have I seen Paige Hurd before? She's probably best known as Tasha Clarkson on the sitcom Everybody Hates Chris. Hurd is currently starring in Tyler Perry’s new series The Oval, and recently starred in Thriller on Netflix.
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Clifford "Method Man" Smith plays Davis MacLean
Who is Davis MacLean? A brilliant defence attorney hiding a number of secrets.
Where have I seen Clifford "Method Man" Smith before? "Method Man" is an actor and Grammy Award-winning rap star, and a member of famed rap group Wu-Tang Clan. He's known for acting roles in One Eight Seven with Samuel L. Jackson, The Deuce, HBO prison series Oz, The Good Wife, and Trainwreck, among others.
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Meet The Cast Of Power Book II: Ghost
The first of Starz's Power spinoffs introduces Mary J. Blige and Method Man.
Omari Hardwick's Ghost may be dead, but plenty of familiar faces from Starz's Power live on in the Power Book II: Ghost cast . Following the aftermath of Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) murdering his father — and his mother Tasha (Naturi Naughton) taking the blame for him, both actors are joined in the spinoff by fellow alums, including Shane Johnson (Cooper Saxe). There are plenty of newcomers too, including powerhouse Grammy winners Mary J. Blige and Clifford "Method Man" Smith.
Referencing Method Man's 1994 track, "Bring the Pain," Power executive producer 50 Cent revealed on XXL 's Hip-Hop Moments of Clarity podcast that he "was begging" and "had to work to get" the Wu-Tang Clan member to join Power Book II . "The difference with Mary [J. Blige] and Meth is that these are my stars," he said on the podcast before breaking into song. "People who are stars when I'm just in the neighborhood looking at the TV. Like I said, it's a different thing when you're on the bus saying, 'I came to bring the pain, it's hardcore from the brain...'"
If your favorite Power characters aren't in this spinoff , however, there are still three more (and counting) in the works. "We are patterning it after Marvel , where different characters come in and out of other people's shows,” creator Courtney Kemp told Entertainment Weekly after the Power series finale. "So there’s crossovers and some of your favorite characters will come back, even if they don’t get their own spinoff, they will show up in places. We’re trying to really do it for the fans, to give them most of what they want."
Get to know more about those who will be in Power Book II below.
Michael Rainey Jr. (Tariq St. Patrick)
The 19-year-old Orange Is the New Black alum is continuing the role he's played in since 2014. In Power Book II , Tariq is a freshman at Stansfield University, but with his mom in jail for a murder he committed, he's torn between college life and starting his own branch of the family business to pay for Tasha's legal representation.
Naturi Naughton (Tasha St. Patrick)
Also a six-season Power vet, the Notorious actor returns as fierce and fashionable Tasha, who's now imprisoned for murdering Ghost — though she's innocent of the crime. Faced with proving her innocence while also protecting Tariq, she racks up legal fees that send her son down a path she'd worked to help him avoid.
Mary J. Blige (Monet Stewart Tejada)
The Grammy-winning and Oscar-nominated Power newcomer stars as street-smart and ruthless Monet, who heads up her illicit family business now that her husband is in jail for murder. Despite keeping her territory stable and profitable, she must adapt to maintain order when her once-smoothly running system begins to crumble.
Shane Johnson (Cooper Saxe)
Johnson, whose film credits date back to 1998's Saving Private Ryan , reprises his role as the last man standing in the Eastern District, now the U.S. Attorney. However, his new ambitions drag him back into the St. Patrick's world once again.
Gianni Paolo (Brayden Weston)
Charismatic, goofy, and loyal Brayden reunites with his former roommate Tariq at Stansfield, eager to restart their high school drug business. Paolo has made guest appearances Freeform's The Fosters and Hulu's Chance , and most recently starred alongside Octavia Spencer in the psychological thriller Ma .
Quincy Tyler Bernstine (Tameika Washington)
After being fired from the U.S. Attorney’s office, Tameika takes on the role of Tasha's high-powered defense attorney whose quest for the truth is made more difficult by her client's attempts to hide it from her. The stage actor's standout film roles include 2008's Rachel Getting Married and 2016's Manchester by the Sea .
Daniel Bellomy (Ezekiel "Zeke" Cross)
The alum of HBO's The Deuce and USA's Suits plays Zeke, whose NBA aspirations cause him to lose academic focus at Stansfield. Relying on Tariq to tutor him to stay off academic probation, he also introduces his pal to his Aunt Monet (Blige) and the Tejada family, which unbeknownst to him, puts his future in jeopardy.
Paige Hurd (Lauren Baldwin)
Lauren is an overachieving Stansfield student played by Hurd, who's known for Everybody Hates Chris and The Oval . Her character eventually strikes up an unexpected romance with Tariq, who challenges her in the classroom. Their new relationship stands to throw her off her mission to get straight A's at Stansfield, however.
Clifford "Method Man" Smith (Davis MacLean)
The Grammy-winning Wu-Tang Clan hitmaker stars as a sharp, ethically challenged defense attorney with a few secrets of his own. Davis' addiction to winning ends up being all he cares about within the St. Patrick's world of drugs and murder.
Melanie Liburd (Caridad "Carrie" Milgram)
Best known as Zoe from This Is Us , Liburd plays Tariq's accomplished, empathetic professor and advisor at Stansfield. After getting her ex-boyfriend Jabari a job at the university, their tumultuous relationship "sends Carrie spiraling deeper into her sex and love addiction, revealing her penchant for vulnerable Black men and troubling her role as the minority student advisor," per Starz's character description.
Justin Marcel McManus (Jabari Reynolds)
The one-time rising literary star accepts a position at Stansfield as a professor in the exclusive Canonical Studies program after his most recent novel bombs, reuniting him with ex-girlfriend Carrie. Jabari, who's played by the alum of Fox's Star , attempts to act as a father figure to a disinterested Tariq.
Woody McClain (Cane Tejada)
McClain, also a pro dancer who's performed with Chris Brown and Fifth Harmony, plays Monet's hotheaded, unpredictable oldest child and right hand. Expected to uphold his incarcerated father's reputation in the streets, Cane's loyalty is tested as Monet starts making changes to the family business.
Lovell Adams-Gray (Dru Tejada)
Artist by day and up-and-coming drug lord by night, Dru has no desire to be part of the Tejada family business. After meeting Tariq and getting involved with a member of Zeke's basketball team, his strengthened quest for independence could yield deadly consequences for his loved ones. Power Book II is Lovell's first series regular role in a US series, though he previously starred in Canadian series including CBC's The Coroner and Netflix's Guilty Party .
LaToya Tonodeo (Diana Tejada)
Tonodeo has had roles in The Oath , The Fosters , and The Perfect Match , and now she's taking a turn as the intelligent princess of the Tejada family. Despite Monet grooming her to be "next in line" to the throne, Diana unexpectedly falls for Tariq, causing her to question her ambitions within the family business.
Method Man Plays Defense Lawyer in ‘Power Book II: Ghost’ Trailer
By Claire Shaffer
Method Man stars as a high-powered — and high-priced — defense lawyer in the new Starz series Power Book II: Ghost , which dropped its first trailer on Tuesday. The series premieres Sunday, September 6th on the platform.
In the Power sequel — picking up immediately where the first series left off — Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) grapples with the death of his father and the incarceration of his mother, Tasha (Naturi Naughton), who faces charges for the murder her son committed. At the rigorous Ivy League university that he attends, Tariq balances schoolwork with drug dealing and hustling in order to afford the services of David MacLean (Cliff “ Method Man ” Smith), a defense lawyer who charges $500,000 just to have a conversation. As Tariq becomes further entangled in crime, he gets involved with a powerful family led by Monet Stewart Tejada (Mary J. Blige), and the life that his own father suffered through becomes harder and harder to rise above.
The cast of Power Book II: Ghost , produced by Lionsgate, also includes Gianni Paolo, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Daniel Bellomy, Paige Hurd, Melanie Liburd, Justin Marcel McManus, Woody McClain, Lovell Adams-Gray and LaToya Tonodeo. The show was executive produced by series creator and showrunner Courtney A. Kemp through her company End of Episode and 50 Cent through his G-Unit Film and Television.
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Method Man Talks Stepping Into an Attorney’s Shoes for Power Book II: Ghost
This interview contains spoilers for Power and Power Book II: Ghost.
In the Power universe, law is a terrible profession. On the original show, coke kingpin James “Ghost” St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick) kills his onetime lawyer, Terry Silver (Brandon Victor Dixon). His best friend and drug-trafficking partner, Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora), murders another one of James’s lawyers, Joe Proctor (Jerry Ferrara). Egan, who’s always down to strangle or stab or shoot a perceived enemy, also kills federal prosecutor Angela Valdes (Lela Loren), James’s on-again, off-again lover. Another federal prosecutor, who’s in cahoots with a Mexican drug lord, is knifed in jail. Meanwhile, the lawyers on Power who survived and made it to Power Book II: Ghost are shadowed by entanglements stemming from their unsuccessful efforts to nab James and Tommy.
Enter Method Man , who plays defense attorney Davis MacLean on Power Book II: Ghost . MacLean reps Tasha St. Patrick ( Naturi Naughton ), James’s widow, who’s jailed following her arrest for James’s murder. Initially, MacLean doesn’t want the case, but Tasha and James’s son, Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) — the real killer — forces MacLean’s hand by publicly announcing that he’s defending his mom. MacLean’s seeming leeriness about Tasha’s case, and the mysterious source of Tariq’s money to cover her defense, are apparently overshadowed by an opportunity for great press. With Tasha as a client, MacLean can strengthen his persona as an aggressive defensive attorney who champions the rights of those wrongly maligned by an unjust system.
With Power Book II: Ghost back on Starz for the second half of its season, Method Man spoke to Vulture about MacLean’s evolution, his thoughts on real-life courtrooms, and the status of How High 3.
You’ve never played the role of a lawyer before this, so what informed your portrayal of Davis? First, I had to use a few references, and once I got my feet wet and got grounded, I give a lot of credit to where the character went to the director of the pilot episode, Anthony Hemingway. Because he kind of put things [into] perspective for me. I already had an idea of what I was going to do, but sometimes somebody can broaden what you were thinking about, that kind of adds on to what you’re already doing. And once Davis MacLean was manifested onscreen, it is what it is. Honestly, I enjoy playing this guy a lot. I love the polarizing effect that he has on the fans, and I’m just going to have fun with him from now on.
You said that you had a few references going in, who were you looking at? Denzel [Washington] comes to mind off the top. In my acting class, I had to do a scene from Philadelphia with my scene partner, and I played the Denzel role, so it kind of prepared me for the work that I was going to do on Power. Also, Johnnie Cochran’s mannerisms inside and outside the court, because I needed something real and grounded. And then you know, add Method Man. I add Method Man to every character I [do]. But then Anthony Hemingway, because I came in with all these ideas and he kind of grounded them, mixed them all together, and made them taste good in a nice stew.
What were some of the things that Hemingway brought to the character that you hadn’t thought about before? Well, this is where the Method Man comes in. The courtroom scenes, which I was a little leery about because usually, in a courtroom setting, I’m not on that side of the fence. He told me that you approach the courtroom the same way you would approach the stage where you perform. This is where Method Man comes in. I’m a performer, consummate performer, I took it as I’m standing in front of a class, and I know my shit, and I’m about to blow them away, and it comes out in the performance. This is what I do. Once he put that thought into my head, I was off to the races: This is Method Man and Davis MacLean performing in front of this crowd. He needed a little bit of that Method Man in him in order to get his point across.
You mentioned that usually in a courtroom setting, you’re “on the other side of the fence.” Explain that a little bit more. You know, little minor infractions here and there, or I’m going to see if someone that I love or a friend of mine is in court, usually, just like I said, minor infractions. We had the Targee St. courthouse [on Staten Island]. Growing up where I grew up, a lot of times you get in trouble for dumb shit. I’ve never seen where a judge sits or sat in the judge’s seat, pounded the gavel, people go school for that. I don’t know what those papers are. I just know it’s as boring as shit in the courtroom. And if you fall asleep, they kick you out.
So you don’t feel like those experiences informed your character, how you approached playing Davis? In a sense, yeah, I’m glad you asked that. Because, for me, whenever I was in the courtroom, I would look at the lawyers and the public defenders and the people that are just there, pro bono guys or whatever, and I would look at their shoes. [If] they had great shoes, that meant they were getting money, and then I’d work my way up from the shoes to the suit and be like, “Yeah, that’s Armani. That’s definitely a Tom Ford he got on right there” … And you know, a lot of times we do as people — which is fucked up — but we do judge people on appearance, you know. Like I said before, and this is from [NFL star] Deion Sanders: “If you look good and play good, your pay good.”
Would you want Davis to represent you? In court?
Yeah. Yeah, he has a good track record. I wouldn’t mind him representing me. I mean, I’m not going to question anyone’s moral code, especially someone who’s a lawyer. You know, it is what it is with lawyers. He does take very good care of his clients, if they can pay his fee.
I’m glad you brought up the moral code. It seems like in representing Tasha, he has a lot of internal conflict. Tariq finds an end run for you to represent Tasha, who you didn’t really want to represent, and then you want to defend her, and then you have reservations again, because she withholds info. So run me through what’s going through Davis’s head throughout this evolution of this situation. He didn’t know what he was getting himself into in the beginning. I mean, even the conversation he had with Tariq in the beginning, where he tells him “500K,” it was more or less to get rid of the kid. But when the kid came with some of the money, and he pulled that stunt that he pulled, he kind of forced Davis’s hand, but even then, Davis told him this only buys you the week, maybe some counsel on the side, if that. But as the case went on, and he started to learn more things, it’s more or less like his curiosity gets the best of him. And Davis, when he’s in it, it’s like, “Okay, now it’s just, how do I get a win?” Then Tasha lies to him. He’s been here before, he has a brother that he tells her about, and he says he’s never told anybody to tell the truth. Something about his brother and the truth …
He said he’s only told two clients to tell the truth, one was his brother and the other was Tasha. Exactly. He’s laying down what he’s trying to tell her, like, “Look, don’t lie to me. Lie to everybody else but do not lie to me . I can take the truth. And I can twist it in any way, form, or fashion that you need me to do, but do not lie to me.” From there, Tariq keeps coming with the money. So now it’s like, okay, this is serious and it’s a high-profile case. We see [federal prosecutor Cooper] Saxe (Shane Johnson) over here, where did this come from? Okay, now, I want to beat this guy, not just beat this guy, but beat the system as well, for an African American family in the United States of America. How good a headline is that?
It sounds like Davis’s curiosity about this case was replaced by ambition, and throughout Power , ambition has always had kind of disastrous results. When you’re playing Davis, do you try to have that in the back of your mind? Or is he not realizing that yet? No, no. Davis doesn’t realize anything like that. Davis is in a space where he feels like he’s untouchable. You know, he cheats on his wife with a special investigator. How crazy is that? Being that high profile and doing something like that? Davis is the epitome of what Power is about: winning, coming out at the end, everybody else can fall by the wayside, but you’re the king, still sitting on a chessboard. Checkmate. Davis does not feel touchable at all. Not just loopholes in the courtroom. He knows the loopholes in life also, at least in my opinion.
Do you see Davis as a turning point in your acting work? Do you feel like you’d be interested in more legal roles on this side of the courtroom, or do you feel like there’s another aspect of acting calling you? I know there’s a big, big something out there. It hasn’t gotten me yet, or I haven’t found it yet. I’m not saying this right here isn’t a treasure in itself, because I mean, I’m on a spinoff of a show that was on for six seasons, with a rabid fan following, but in the same breath, you want to be able to challenge yourself more and step outside of comfort zones and just see how far you can take it, you know? I’m like Pac-Man right now. I’m trying to eat as many pellets as I can before the ghost gets me.
So what are some of the other pellets you’re eating? I know you have a podcast … Nice, very nice segue. Yes, I do have a podcast. It’s called Marvel/Method [on the SiriusXM app] and basically, we’re interviewing other celebrities from music, TV, movies, everything, and finding that they have a love for comic books, and then talking shop with them. Not only talking shop, but we bring in maybe a surprise guest to explain story lines and things like that. And out of the conversations that I’ve had with the guests, I always learned something new, not just about the comic books but about life in general, their lives in general, and how they even found comic books. You don’t even have to be a comic-book geek.
So on Power Book II: Ghost , you’re working with Mary J. Blige. You both won the Grammy for “You’re All I Need,” then worked together again on “Love @ First Sight.” What’s it like working with her again? It’s great. We don’t actually have any scenes together, at least I can’t give away if we have any scenes together until you guys actually watch the series. But Mary’s always been a consummate professional. You don’t last this long in the game and be a corny person. Mary’s always been like, just the queen. She exudes greatness, just a fabulous Black woman who came from where I came from. Anytime I run into her, it’s always love. There’s never any uncomfortable energy in the room and I’m pretty sure everybody experienced that by now on the Power set. She comes to work ready. And the fans, man, they have yet to see what Monet is capable of, but they will in the second half of the season.
You had mentioned that you can’t say much because Monet and Davis have not interacted onscreen yet. But, the way you said it kind of made it sound like they might have some interaction later on in the series … No, that’s just me being aloof. That’s it. I’m not giving away any clues or anything whatsoever, but I just know a lot of people have wanted to see that, but some people for the wrong reason. They think we’re going to bust out in song and do a quick “All I Need” thing, make it a musical real fast: Power: The Musical . It’s not going to happen, though.
What can you tell us about what we might see in these last few episodes with Davis? Davis is going to turn the screw, so to speak. And Davis is going to have to adjust and readjust and adjust again, just to gather all the things that he’s learning, and he’s taking chances. But he’s taking chances he shouldn’t take. It’s going to crash in his face, and that doesn’t sound good for him or his client.
There’s going to be another season of Ghost . Can you tell us about Davis’s role in that or potential roles? Yeah I survive, I don’t get Proctor-ed, but you never know. There are still five episodes left.
So wait, you say you don’t get Proctor-ed, but then you say we don’t know what’s gonna happen. So which is it? This is me being vague, Victoria. I will not lose my job, no. Just know that the plot thickens and some things are going to turn sour, and in this world, when things turn sour, people die.
One thing I also wanted to ask because I haven’t seen too much about it in the press: You’re working on a How High 3 ? Yeah, yes we are. We’ve been in meetings with people from Universal and it’s going to be a trip in more ways than one. And I think that we got a hit here. Hopefully, when it does come to fruition — and it will — people will receive it well. They will say, “We’re going to wrap this up in a nice little bow.” After this How High, there could be a How High 4, maybe How High 5. We could do a Friday with it, who knows? But right now, we’re in the beginning stages trying to get it solidified and done.
Are you going to be reprising your role in it? Silas and Jamal, baby! We on deck, yes ma’am!
So what does How High 3 look like in this economy? Are they doing an unpaid internship, or how does it work? I’m not telling. Not yet, at least. No way. But that was good. That was really good right there. I like how you did that, because you are actually coming from where a reader would come from. That was nice, though. Sorry, Victoria. Not today.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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Starz is locking in one of its Power spinoffs for a longer term: The premium cable outlet has renewed Power Book II : Ghost for a fourth season ahead of its season three premiere in March.
The series has also added Michael Ealy ( Barbershop, Stumptown ) to its cast for season four.
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The third season of Ghost , which premieres March 17, will follow Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.) as he works to get his trust, get back to his family, and get out of the game. The emergence of a ruthless new foe, however, interrupts Tariq’s plans to reunite with Tasha (Naturi Naughton) and Yaz (Paris Morgan) and puts him, Brayden (Gianni Paolo), and Effie (Alix Lapri) back into business with the Tejadas. Mary J. Blige and Cliff “Method Man” Smith also star.
Ealy will join the series in season four as Detective Don Carter, a rising NYPD officer who was on track to become police commissioner until his wife was killed in a crossfire between rival drug gangs. He abandoned his former career track and now leads an elite drug task force that elicits concrete results against drug-related violence.
Season three of Ghost will be the first under showrunner Brett Mahoney, who took over the show when creator Courtney Kemp moved her overall deal to Netflix; she remains an executive producer of the Power franchise. Mahoney and Kemp (via her End of Episode banner) exec produce Power Book II: Ghost with Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson (via his G-Unit Film and Television), Mark Canton of Atmosphere Entertainment MM and Chris Selak. Starz parent Lionsgate Television produces the series.
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Intense drama and new characters give Power Book II: Ghost a soap opera flair in season 2
The second season offers just what you'd expect from the power spin-off: drama, far-fetched scenarios, absurd key players, but also a lot of fun.
Seven years ago, TV viewers were introduced to Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.), the 12-year-old son of drug kingpin James “Ghost” St. Patrick and his ride-or-die wife, Tasha St. Patrick, in Power . Throughout six seasons of the Courtney Kemp-created series, Tariq transformed from a precocious young tween into a grown man whose sinister and calculating demeanor is more like his father’s than he’d ever care to admit. Now in Power Book II: Ghos t, which picks up directly after the events of the original series, Tariq is coming into his own.
The first season of the spin-off chronicled Tariq’s life in the days and weeks following his father’s murder. Determined to adhere to the conditions of his father’s will, Tariq enrolled in the prestigious Stansfield University to obtain his degree. However, with his mother on trial for his father’s murder, he found himself following in Ghost’s footsteps as a means of financial freedom.
While the first season of Power Book: Ghost dealt with the power of family, the second is all about ethics. The series picks up right where season one ended. Tariq’s quiet life as a college student is on the verge of blowing up in his face. After murdering his professor, Jabari Reynolds (Justin McManus), who had attempted to blackmail him, Tariq and Cane Tejada (Woody McClain), the eldest son of drug queenpin Monet Tejada (Mary J. Blige), are trying to keep their names out of the investigation. This time, however, Tariq is trying to evade the law without the level-headed guidance of his mother.
For those just stepping into the Power universe, nothing about the second season of Power Book II: Ghost will make sense. At its core, the series is a soap opera with storylines that have been in the works for years. It follows a college student in implausible situations and the adults around him whose lives are equally off-kilter. For better or worse, the narrative and the characters are over-the-top.
Tariq’s boss Monet is battling over control of her business with her incarcerated husband, Lorenzo (Berto Colon). Their children, Diana (LaToya Tonodeo), Dru (Lovell Adams-Gray), and Cane are all trying to determine who they are without becoming collateral in their parents’ war. Though ousted from his family’s inner circle at the end of last season, Cane seems determined to force his way back in, with the help of brand new drug distributor Mecca (Daniel Sunjata). In contrast, Diana and Dru have aspirations of their own, ones that have nothing to do with the family business and even less to do with following their mother’s oppressive orders.
The Tejadas aren’t the only people going through some transformations this season. Tariq’s best friend and business partner, Brayden Westen (Gianni Paolo), is looking to break rank with his blue-blooded Upper East Side family. Still, money and whiteness are more potent than he might expect. Meanwhile, disgraced Councilman Rashad Tate (Larenz Tate) is looking for a way back onto the front page after his failed bid for governor. A new role at Stansfield might be his ticket back into the spotlight. Attorney Cooper Saxe (Shane Johnson) has joined forces with Davis McClain (Clifford “Method Man” Smith), who has some underhanded reasons for welcoming the former prosecutor into his criminal defense enterprise.
The first episode of the season, “Free Will Ain’t Free,” admittedly feels a bit like a circus, complete with garish, horror movie-type music playing in the background whenever something precarious is set to happen. This opening episode is about catching up with old characters and introducing viewers to the new ones. Tariq’s school, romantic, and work lives are in shambles. His unfinished businesses with his grandmother (Debbi Morgan) and younger sister are another source of stress for the college student. Also, the constant police activity on campus makes it a challenge for Tariq and Brayden to proceed with their drug business as usual.
Episode two, “Selfless Acts,” feels a bit more settled than the premiere. The campy music is gone, and all of the characters’ motivations for this season are much clearer. However, Power Book II: Ghost fans know from past episodes of the show and entire seasons of its predecessor that things can turn on a dime. Lauren (Paige Hurd) appears to be fed up with Tariq’s omissions and cagey behavior, which could open a door for his potential romance with Diana. Some shocking aspects of Monet’s past are revealed. And finally, Professor Carrie Milgram (Melanie Liburd) emerges as the number one suspect in Jabari’s murder.
The Power Book II: Ghost cast is so expansive that the varied levels in acting talent are immediately apparent. Some storylines are a lot more intriguing than others; Rainey’s transformation from a bratty teen to a manipulating young man is intriguing to watch. This season includes several standouts. Tonodo is stretching her wings as Diana, a seemingly meek young woman who is more than ready to navigate life on her own terms. Chicago Med alum Jeff Hephner has joined the cast as Detective Kevin Whitman, who is determined to figure out what happened to Jabari, and he’s not above letting his personal feelings interfere with his judgment. Finally, Sunjata’s Mecca gives fan-favorite Power villain Felipe Lobos (Enrique Murciano) a run for his money. The various characters and storylines will undoubtedly keep fans returning week to week.
For those looking for an entry point into the Power Universe, this season of Ghost is not the way to go. If you haven’t watched season one or any of Power , it’s going to feel convoluted, fast-paced, and almost unruly, especially in comparison to its more elevated and nuanced counterpart: the ’90s-set prequel series, Power Book III: Raising Kanan . But for fans who have gotten to this point in the universe, the drama, dangerous scenarios, and manipulative characters are in spades this season. If Power Book II: Ghost is anything, it’s consistent.
Kemp ended Power because she’d run out of story for James St. Patrick. By allowing Tariq the space to navigate his own world, she’s afforded many beloved and hated characters the opportunity for fans to praise and despise them again and again. To that end, Power Book II: Ghost is precisely what you’d expect it to be—a lot of drama, some far-fetched scenarios, a ton of different absurd key players, some questionable choices, but also quite a bit of fun.
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Starz and 50 Cent scored quite the unexpected hit with "Power." So much so that the network doubled down in a big way, announcing several spin-offs that have begun coming to fruition. "Power Book II: Ghost," the first of these shows in the expanded "Power" universe, is set to return this year for its second season. The premiere is mere weeks away, and we're here to provide you with all of the information you need to know to be ready when the day comes.
Here is everything you need to know about "Power Book II: Ghost" season 2.
Power Book II: Ghost Season 2 Release Date and Where You Can Watch It
"Power Book II: Ghost" season 2 premieres on Starz on Sunday, November 21. Viewers have the option to watch the show live as it airs on the premium cable network. Beyond that, subscribing to Starz will allow for a streaming option for those who wish to watch it on-demand after it airs.
What Is Power Book II: Ghost?
"Power Book II: Ghost" is a spin-off/sequel that takes place after the events of "Power." The show focuses on Tariq St. Patrick and sees him trying to pick up the pieces of his life as things around him have radically changed. It is part of the larger planned expanded "Power" universe that Starz has in the works.
Power Book II: Ghost Season 2 Showrunners, Crew, and More
Courtney A. Kemp serves as showrunner, creator, and producer of the show. Curtis Jackson, aka 50 Cent, is also a key producer, alongside Mark Canton. Chris Selak, Shana Stein, Bart Wenrich, Brett Mahoney, and Danielle De Jesus are executive producers. The show hails from Lionsgate TV.
Power Book II: Ghost Season 2 Cast
The cast is led by Michael Rainey Jr. as Tariq St. Patrick. The ensemble also includes Mary J. Blige, Shane Johnson, Gianni Paolo, Daniel Bellomy, Paige Hurd, Cliff "Method Man" Smith, Melanie Liburd, Daniel Sunjata, Berto Colon, Woody McClain, Lovell Adams-Gray, LaToya Tonodeo, Alix Lapri, and Paton Ashbrook. Larenz Tate has also been upgraded to a series regular for season 2, with Frank Whaley being added to the cast.
Power Book II: Ghost Season 2 Trailer and Synopsis
Starz has released a brief teaser trailer for "Power Book II: Ghost" season 2, which we've included above. Though we are likely to get a full-length trailer sooner rather than later with the premiere date coming up soon. Additionally, we have a series synopsis for you to check out below.
Power Book II: Ghost" picks up shortly after the earth-shattering events of "Power" as Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey, Jr.) grapples with a new world order: his father James "Ghost" St. Patrick is dead, and his mother, Tasha (Naturi Naughton), is facing charges for his murder — even though Tariq pulled the trigger. To earn his inheritance, Tariq has to navigate the rigors of an elite university doing twice the work — his and that of a nigh-profile member of the school's basketball team. Truly on his own for the first time in his life, Tariq is forced to split his time between school and hustling to pay for Davis MacLean (Cliff "Method Man" Smith), the fame-hungry defense lawyer who is Tasha's only hope of getting out of jail and escaping prosecution by newly minted U.S. Attorney Cooper Saxe (Shane Johnson). With no better options, Tariq turns to the familiar drug game, entangling himself with a cutthroat family headed by Monet Stewart Tejada (Mary J. Blige). As Tariq tries to balance his drug operation with his grades, love life, and family, he figures out that the only way to avoid the same fate his father met is to become him — only better.
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The Fosters momma Sherri Saum is entering the world of Power : The actress has joined the cast of the spinoff Power Book II: Ghost , our sister site Deadline reports.
The upcoming series “picks up shortly after the earth-shattering events of Power as Tariq St. Patrick (played by Rainey Jr.) grapples with a new world order: his father dead and his mother, Tasha (Naturi Naughton), facing charges for the murder her son committed,” per the official synopsis. Saum — who has also appeared on Locke & Key and Roswell, New Mexico — will play Paula Matarazzo, the top investigator and right-hand man of the arrogant defense lawyer Davis MacLean (Cliff “Method Man” Smith).
Power Book II: Ghost will premiere in September on Starz, the first of four planned offshoots of the original series.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
* Trinkets ‘ second and final season will be released Tuesday, Aug. 25 on Netflix.
* HBO’s limited series The Third Day , starring Jude Law ( The New Pope ) and Naomie Harris ( Moonlight ), will premiere Monday, Sept. 14 at 9/8c.
* HBO Max will be home to all past and future seasons of the Italian crime series Gomorrah , as well as its feature film spinoff The Immortal .
* Quibi’s Punk’d reboot will return for Season 2 on Monday, Aug. 17, while Reno 911! Part 2 will bow Monday, Aug. 24.
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Heads up: “Tuesday, Aug. 21 on Netflix” should be Friday. August 21st is a Friday. July 21st was a Tuesday this year.
Actually, it should be Tuesday, August 25th.
It’s been corrected to Tuesday, Aug. 25. Thanks!
GOMORRAH…best news I’ve had in a long time.. whooo hooo
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Power Book II: Ghost Cast Talks Family Ties in Season 2
As power book ii: ghost returns for season two, family ties put everyone to the test.
The theme of family permeates the entire Power universe, but in Power Book II: Ghost , the concept of home takes shape in new ways. Family and loyalty drive every character’s urge to protect the ones they love most. And in season two of the spinoff series, these values push everyone to their limits.
“A lot of people are making the ultimate sacrifices,” creator Courtney Kemp told POPSUGAR. “There are some people who are going to push themselves into areas that they never would've expected. Some pretty intense secrets are revealed and there's some physical fights that I'm looking forward to you all seeing.
Season two picks up with the murder of Professor Jabari Reynolds (Justin McManus) at the hands of Tariq St. Patrick (Michael Rainey Jr.). We already see how the remaining characters become entangled in the aftermath within the first two episodes. Tariq is hellbent on keeping his secret under wraps now that the murder has quickly become a high-profile case at Stansfield University. But without the protection of his mother, Tasha St. Patrick ( Naturi Naughton ) — who’s been whisked off to witness protection after her murder trial — he’s left on his own to fend for himself and the remainder of his family. “He’s forced to think smarter and think for not only himself, but for his sister, because he's got to stay alive to take care of [her] and his grandmother,” Rainey Jr. said. “So he doesn't have anyone to turn to in terms of getting input on what he should or shouldn't do. So he has to do what he thinks is right, and then he has to deal with the consequences — whether the choice that he made is right or wrong.”
“I think he's looking for a place to belong,” Adams-Gray commented on Tariq’s need to lean on the Tejadas. “He's been displaced so much, he can't rely on his actual family. In many ways, I believe that Monet and the kids can relate to that. Trying to make moves and be a part of this new generation that is coming up, and so he sees a tribe with our family.” Tonodeo adds, “Even though the Tejadas sometimes can come off a little dysfunctional in how we move, I still feel like it's a sense of security for Tariq. Even with Monet in episode 10 of season one, when Tommy pulled the gun on Tariq at the end in the cemetery. Who was there to save him? Monet.”
"Even though the Tejadas sometimes can come off a little dysfunctional in how we move, I still feel like it's a sense of security for Tariq" — Lovell Adams-Gray
Monet Tejada, who welcomed Tariq as an extended part of her drug organization in the first season, also finds herself having to lean on him in some extreme instances. But she’s still doing whatever she can to protect her own by any means necessary. In season two, she’s visibly shaken up after Dru’s shooting . But instead of seeking out revenge, she’s more concerned with plotting her exit strategy — a plan that doesn’t seem to include Tariq or her husband Lorenzo Tejada (Berto Colon). According to Blige, family is of the utmost importance to Monet and motivates many —if not all— her decisions. “My mom was a single parent and she raised us by herself so I have all of that,” Blige said of how she molded Monet’s parenting instincts. “It was just us, no man, just her. We lived in this horrible environment where nothing but ‘Monets’ lived, and they actually became my friends and family to this day. So I leaned on all of that to give to this character, especially for the mother thing. I leaned on my experience with my mom.”
While the Tejadas sort through their own family drama, Tariq is comforted in knowing that he still has the support of his right-hand man Brayden. As the two form a closer bond, comparisons to a young Ghost St. Patrick and Tommy Egan are almost undeniable. “We do have a lot of similarities, but I think that dynamic is what people pull mostly from it,” Paolo remarked. “It's Ghost making decisions [and] Tariq making decisions. Brayden wanting to be in the game, and that's all he ever wanted, and same thing with Tommy. They just want to make money and have fun and live this life.” Rainey Jr. added, “I will also say people love the fact that Brayden is so loyal. He's super loyal to his teammate Tariq, [and] Tommy was super loyal and did everything for Ghost. So that's another thing that Brayden kind of owns in his character. He does the same thing.”
"It's weird because I think that Brayden relates to Tariq more than he does his own family." — Gianni Paolo
While their backgrounds make them seem like polar opposites, Tariq and Brayden both share the same desire — to be the ones in control of their fates. “The thing they have mostly in common is the fact that they want to be the reason that they're doing good,” Rainey Jr. said. “They want to make their [own] money, because like we saw in Power , Ghost would always say, ‘Oh, I did this for you,’ but Tariq never wanted any of that. He wants to make it for himself and the same thing with Brayden. His parents give him everything and he doesn't want that. He wants to make his own money [and] his own path. So that's the biggest thing they have in common. They both came from money, but they never wanted any of the money that they came from.”
That organic family chemistry keeps viewers returning to Power Book II: Ghost . Beyond Method Man and Redman, real-life brothers Larenz and Lahmard Tate also reprise their roles as Councilman Rashad Tate and Officer Kamal Tate. “Family is a really important thing,” Larenz said. “I know a lot of times when people think about the Power universe, it's dealing with the underworld, drugs, and all that other stuff, but the core of it is about family. It really is about brotherhood, comradery, and those relationships that people seem to relate to, whether you have a good relationship in your family, or there's family turmoil.”
“I know a lot of times when people think about the Power universe, it's dealing with the underworld, drugs, and all that other stuff, but the core of it is about family.” — Larenz Tate
The family push and pull of Power Book II: Ghost draws from the original Power equation, and that also includes accurate representation. From being intentional about creating Afro-Latinx representation with the Tejadas to tying Tariq’s self-revelation about his own identity back to his father’s past, the Starz series always ensures that everything always comes back to family. “It's really clever what Courtney and those writers have been able to do and using family as that tool to make the stories relatable,” Larenz added. “When you bring that in, you see yourself up there and you go through that journey because you either can relate to the things that you're seeing or things you'd like to see in your own family.”
Ultimately, season two is going to be a major test for every character. Tariq will have to face the reality of his worst nightmare — becoming just like Ghost. “It's going to be tough for him,” Rainey said. “That's the biggest thing about him, accepting the fact that he's like his father. This season, he's kind of figuring himself out. He's trying to grow up fast and become the grown man that he's trying to be. But the main thing is that he has to accept who he is and you're going to see him struggle with that this season.”
Power Book II: Ghos t season two premieres on Starz on Sunday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. ET.
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