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Omari Hardwick Will Headline 50 Cent's Starz Drama Series 'Power' - Set In An NYC Nightclub

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 21, 2013 5:57 PM
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One of 3 TV attachments on Fiddy's slate, the hour-long drama series for the Starz network, titled Power, was given a series order by the network a couple of months ago, for a 2014 debut.

Power will center on a New York nightclub owner who skirts the line between legitimacy and criminality.

"Power" tells the story of James "Ghost" St. Patrick, a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who caters to the city's elite. He wants to build an empire, turn the club into a Fortune 500 business, but there's just one problem: Ghost is living a double life. When he is not in the club, he is the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York for a very high-level clientele. His marriage, family and business all become unknowingly threatened as he is tempted to leave his criminal life behind and become the rags-to-riches businessman he wants to be most of all.

Today brings word that Omari Hardwick has landed the starring role in Power, playing the aforementioned James "Ghost" St. Patrick.

Randall Emmett of Emmett/Furla is exec producing the project, alongside Curtis Jackson and Mark Canton (300).

Courtney Kemp Agboh (writer and producer of The Good Wifeis writing the script, and will also serve as exec producer. 

"This is a passion project for me and I couldn't be more thrilled to have found a home with STARZ. I look forward to working with this incredibly talented team on making 'Power' a hit show," says Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.

The first season will be eight, hour-long episodes and will begin filming in late 2013. 

The collab is all part on an ongoing relationship between Fiddy and Emmet/Furla that has seen feature films like Freelancers, and the upcoming thriller The Tomb, among others, produced.

Up next for Hardwick - Charles Murray's feature debut, Things Never Said, which will be out this fall. He'll also return to host Verses and Flow on TV One, next month.

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  • D.C. Kirkwood | August 22, 2013 10:32 AMReply

    Omar is a wonderful actor, very talented, and handsome. I wish him the best. I hope that he doesn't get typecast into playing the same type of characters. He played a thug/gang member in 'GridIron', he played a Muslim drug dealer in 'Everyday Black man'. He did a good job and gave good performance in both. He definitely has a strong screen presence. I just want to see him branch out more and not limit himself. That being said I will be tuning in. Congrats to him!!

  • Masha Dowell | August 21, 2013 7:28 PMReply

    Omari will kill the role. Good for him. Can't wait to see it.

  • Tai | August 21, 2013 7:16 PMReply

    Who do we contact for casting?

  • K.Nicole | August 22, 2013 11:45 AM

    Omari is repped by Innovative Artists:

    Innovative Artists
    Abby Bluestone, Talent Agent
    Phone: 310-656-5120

    David Rose, Talent Agent

    3 Arts Management
    Troy Zien, Manager
    Phone: 310-888-3200

  • D.A. | August 21, 2013 6:34 PMReply

    It was really sad what happened to BOSS, I really wanted that to go for another season, Hopefully this will be a necessary replacement as it's more gritty series. I like Magic City, and even though you can say that it fits gritty mold for now, it's still a fantasy-like period piece (in a good way).

  • Dankwa Brooks | August 22, 2013 1:01 PM

    D.A. I actually thought Boss Season 1 was BETTER than House of Cards Season 1. Boss Season 2 was just the worst tho.

  • Dankwa Brooks | August 21, 2013 6:23 PMReply

    I'd be interested to see what Omari does with the role. Never watched The Good Wife, but heard nothing, but good things about the writing. Hopefully this writer can bring something good to the table.

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