'Power Book III: Raising Kanan' Full Cast List: Meet Mekai Curtis and others from Starz show

Mekai Curtis, a 21-year-old NJ native may be a fresher in the industry, but his acting chops earned him a key role in the highly-anticipated drama


                            'Power Book III: Raising Kanan' Full Cast List: Meet Mekai Curtis and others from Starz show
Mekai Curtis stars in 'Power Book III: Raising Kanan' (Theo Wargo/Getty Images)

Starz is all set to roll out 'Power Book III: Raising Kanan' on July 18, Sunday. The sprawling family drama serves as a prequel to 'Power Book II' and will revolve around the 15-year-old Kanan Stark. Set in the 1990s in South Jamaica, Queens, the series explores the parental relationship in a world riddled with violence and drugs. 

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We take a look at who plays who in the much-awaited Starz series.

Mekai Curtis plays Kanan Stark

The 21-year-old New Jersey native might have had only a few roles to his credit, but his acting chops earned him a key role in the highly-anticipated drama. Talking to Essence, Curtis explained how the character, Kanan, was close to his heart.

"One of Kanan’s biggest things is he’s there for his family no matter what, and that was something I really clicked with immediately. So, I guess, in that front we can say, I’m a lot like Kanan," he said.



 


He was last seen in 'Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' (2014), 'Kirby Buckets' (2014), and 'Milo Murphy's Law' (2016).

Omar Epps plays Detective Malcolm Howard

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Epps comes with experience after playing lead roles in feature films, including 'Against the Ropes' (2004), 'Alfie' (2004), and 'The Wood' (1999). Talking about his character to EW, Epps said: "Det. Howard, he's a dark guy, but he has his reasoning, and what appealed to me there was the challenge of finding his why — why is he the way that he is?"



 


Patina Miller plays Raquel ‘Raq’ Thomas

Miller plays queenpin Raquel and mother to Kanan and is one of the central characters. She teased Raquel's character to the publication saying: "She started off as a 16-year-old growing up in the streets, learning how to move in this world. She's not under anyone, she's running her own stuff, she's the sole provider for her entire family."

Her previous roles include 'Word Party', 'Madam Secretary' and 'Mercy Street'.



 


Hailey Kilgore plays LaVerne ‘Jukebox’ Ganner

Kilgore plays Kanan's cousin Jukebox. Talking to Express UK, Curtis dished on how Kilgore's character is integral to Kanan's journey on the show. "Get to see how Jukebox turned into this person that kind of pulls the strings and rocks Kanan which you never thought would happen," he said and added: "Because to start, he's a terrifying force on his own. But again, going back to being something that not only Power fans can watch."



 

 

Kilgore is best known for her theatre work in Broadway, which also earned her a Tony nomination. On-screen, she was seen in 'The Village', 'Amazing Stories' and can be seen in 'Respect'.

Catch all the new episodes of 'Power Book III: Raising Kanan' on Starz every Sunday at 8/7c. For more information, check your local listings. 

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