Actor Omari Hardwick To Star In 50 Cent’s Drama ‘Power’

The game is rocked heavy by Starz announcement that Being Mary Jane and Dark Blue star, Omari Hardwick, is now the lead in Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s dramatic series Power.

Created by Courtney Kemp Agboh (The Good Wife), the show finds Hardwick playing the lead character James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who caters to the city’s elite. His total dream is to build an empire, turn the club itself into a Fortune 500 business, and escape the streets icy grip.

The problem comes in his character having to lead a double life to navigate the treacherous New York City landscape. When he’s not in the club, rocking out with the stars, he is the kingpin of the most notorious and lucrative drug network in the Tri-State area that only tailors to very high-level clientele. Things become sticky when 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 desires to be.

The first season of Power will only be eight, hour-long episodes and will begin filming later this fall. Hardwick, who is no stranger to television and appeared in Kick-Ass, is the ideal pick to play a character with visible street cred and range. Starz Managing Director, Carmi Zlotnik praises the actor for his talents, saying, “Omari is an actor of incredible range and versatility. When we met Omari, we knew he had all the tools needed to play such a complicated and complex character. We look forward to him bringing Ghost to life on the screen.”

Courtney Kemp Agboh will executive produce the show, as well as serve as showrunner on Power.

Look out for this show to premiere on television set around the globe in Fall 2014.

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