Power Book 3’s Mekai Curtis opens up on why it was ‘scary’ filming Raising Kanan role

Power Book III: Raising Kanan trailer stars Mekai Curtis

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Fans of the hit Starz crime series can finally look forward to the release of the franchise’s brand new spin-off Raising Kanan. It will delve into Kanan Stark (played by Mekai Curtis) as a teenager and give fans an insight into how the environment turned him into one of the most complex characters of the original show, Power. In order to learn what lies ahead in the series, Express.co.uk spoke exclusively to the lead star Kanan Stark, Mekai Curtis.

“I’m excited for people to hopefully relate to anything that’s happening in the story, while it is about family it’s about feeling, emotion, love, environment and choices,” Mekai responded when asked about his hopes for the show.

When teasing what viewers can expect from his character Kanan, he said: “One of his biggest things is being there for his family, trying to figure out who he is as a person, inside of his family and inside of the bigger picture that is the world.”

He continued: “He’s 15 years old, he’s trying to figure out himself; who he is as a young man, where he fits in socially.

Unlike the Kanan fans saw in the original series of Power, in the prequel he was a no-nonsense character who knew just what he wanted and how to get it and was never fazed if that resorted to violence.

However, the actor shut down the possibility of a crossover:” Where definitely establishing a new world which is something I’m excited for, even with a crossover you’d kind of have to understand who these characters are.

“You’re essentially stepping into a new world, it just happens to be in this universe I don’t think we’re going to see any crossovers just yet.”

While the series will be delving into Kanan’s past, it will also give fans an insight into the childhood of other fan favourite characters such as Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora) and James ’Ghost’ St Patrick (Omari Hardwick), although the actors playing these roles will be the younger versions.

It has been revealed that in this spin-off Tommy Egan will be played by Ethan Cutkosky and playing Ghost will be Chris Sumpter

The COVID-19 global pandemic had a huge impact on the film industry, Power Book III: Raising Kanan included.

Mekai opened up about its effect on the set, revealing that the cast were initially told: “We’re gonna shut it down for a while, we’re the only production in New York doing this.

“Everybody went home for two weeks and two weeks turned into eight months – that was a stressful thing on everybody.”

Despite the virus bringing a lengthy pause to production, the actor was able to find some positives in the uncertainty: “In that time it gave everybody even more time to really settle into their characters, the arcs and the storylines and I think it’s going to really show up on camera.”

Mekai described the major differences on set after pausing for eight months: “There was a lot of testing, one thing our team made sure of is that we were safe.

“The team made sure we were getting tested three or four times a week, everybody was masked up and the people who had to have their masks off were kept in one spot.

“When we first got back they were telling us that in between scenes even if you were in the scene together you couldn’t be near each other – it was scary.”

However, Mekai commended the team behind the scenes for their efforts to keep everyone safe. He said: “Even on one of the posts I put up on my page you can kind of see how detailed our team was, making sure everyone was socially distanced and everyone had their masks on, that part made it definitely a little easier.”

Mekai gave a sneak peek into what fans can look forward to this season: “One of the biggest themes is the butterfly effect – you reap what you sow.

“The whole show is connected one way or another, whether it a decision somebody made or a connection, it’s really all about how one decision can affect eachother.

“The other thing about it being a family drama is that everybody has this grand scheme of what they want it to be but everybody has a different direction on how they’re trying to get there.”

Power Book III: Raising Kanan premieres on Starz on July 18 and Starzplays via Amazon Prime soon.

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