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 the 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, 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 the record and from the stage, New Edition finally gets the biopic that their stellar tenure in entertainment so richly deserves. This 3-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.
For more information on NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE log on to BET.com and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #NewEditionBET.
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About Jesse Collins Entertainment
Jesse Collins Entertainment is a full service television and film production company founded by entertainment industry veteran Jesse Collins. For more than a decade, Collins has played an integral role in producing some of television's most memorable moments in music entertainment. Formerly Executive Producer/EVP of Cossette Productions, Collins has produced ground-breaking and award winning television programming including the BET Awards, the GRAMMY Awards, Soul Train Awards, BET Honors, UNCF An Evening of Stars, ABFF Awards and the BET Hip Hop Awards. Collins is an executive producer of the hit TV series, Real Husbands of Hollywood starring Kevin Hart and the upcoming original miniseries based on the iconic music group New Edition. He has worked with a myriad of superstar talent including Will Smith, Chris Rock, Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Prince and Mariah Carey. Follow Jesse Collins Entertainment @JesseCollinsEnt on Twitter and Instagram and go to http://www.jessecollinsent.com/ for more information on the company.