Wood Harris, Michael Rapaport, Faizon Love, Duane Martin Tank and Bre-Z join the star-studded cast OF BET NETWORKS’ NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE MINISERIES
New York, NY — May 19, 2016 — BET’s original three-part miniseries NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE continues to dazzle with star power! Wood Harris (The Wire, The Breaks), Michael Rapaport (Boston Public, Justified), Faizon Love (Real Husbands of Hollywood), Duane Martin (Real Husbands of Hollywood), singer/songwriter Tank and Bre-Z (Empire) join the cast to bring iconic music group New Edition’s story to life. Written by Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket) and executive produced by Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment, the three-night miniseries event is scheduled to premiere on BET in 2017. Principal photography is currently underway in Los Angeles.
· Wood Harris will play Brooke Payne.
· Michael Rapaport will play Gary Evans.
· Faizon Love will play Maurice Starr.
· Duane Martin will play Louil Silas.
· Tank will play Jheryl Busby.
· Bre-Z will play Peanut Bell.
The stellar talent join previously announced NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE cast Bryshere Y. Gray Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee Smith and Woody McClain as NEW EDITION along with La La Anthony, Yvette Nicole Brown, Monica Calhoun, Lisa Nicole Carson and Sandi McCree.
New Edition laid the foundation for how modern-day boy bands look, feel and sound. Boyz II Men, N’SYNC, The Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block all took their cues from Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny. After 30 years of breaking hearts on record and from the stage, New Edition finally gets the biopic that their stellar tenure in entertainment so richly deserves. This three-part miniseries follows the group from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global megastardom — weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes and the ultimate cost of fame.
“NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE” is executive produced by Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment; directed by Chris Robinson (ATL) and co-produced by Brooke Payne, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown.