Wood Harris (The Wire, The Breaks), Michael Rapaport (Boston Public, Justified), Real Husbands of Hollywood‘s Faizon Love and Duane Martin, singer/songwriter Tank and Bre-Z (Empire) have joined the cast of BET’s three-part miniseries New Edition: The Movie.
Harris will play Brooke Payne, Rapaport is Gary Evans, Love will portray Maurice Starr, Martin is Louil Silas, Tank will play Jheryl Busby and Bre-Z is Peanut Bell. They join previously announced cast Bryshere Y. Gray Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee Smith, 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 modern-day boy bands including Boyz II Men, NSYNC, The Backstreet Boys, and New Kids On The Block. Written by Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket), the 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. Principal photography is underway in Los Angeles with premiere set for 2017.
New Edition: The Movie is executive produced by Real Husband’s of Hollywood’s Jesse Collins for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment; directed by Chris Robinson and co-produced by Brooke Payne, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown.