Power Book III: Raising Kanan trailer stars Mekai Curtis
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Jukebox (played by Anika Noni Rose in Power) took no prisoners when she was introduced in the Starz flagship series as Kanan’s (50 Cent) scheming cold-hearted cousin. While she met a grisly end in the original series, Jukebox in Raising Kanan, brought to life by Hailey Kilgore, is introduced as a much softer kind of character, enjoying school and not too involved in her family’s criminal goings-on. However, over the course of Power Book III, London Brown has exclusively confirmed fans will begin to see what made Jukebox the woman she became, and his character Marvin will play an intriguing role.
When asked what impact Marvin will have on Jukebox in Raising Kanan, Brown began: “So what’s interesting to me because I had never watched Power, so I thought Jukebox was a new character. I had no idea.
“So this is like new information to me because, in this series, that’s what I felt she was giving off.”
Delving into exactly what Starz viewers can expect, he continued: “In the middle, there’s a big – I don’t want to give it away – there’s a major, major scene where Marvin and Jukebox finally have the talk about why there’s such a disconnect between the two.
“And Marvin has to come to some reality with things as she confronts him, he confronts her, and we understand and say, ‘Oh, this is kind of what’s going on and why she’s like this’.”
So it sounds like fans will finally learn exactly what triggered Jukebox to become the hardened figure Power viewers saw in the flagship series.
And Brown revealed he had a rather unique technique to ensure he and Kilgore did their bit to do justice to the intriguing storyline between the father and daughter.
“As we were filming the season, Jukebox – Hailey did a great job – (but) Marvin and Jukebox aren’t necessarily seeing eye to eye throughout the season. And that will be revealed throughout the season.
“So what I did personally as London, I just didn’t allow myself to get really close to Hailey the actress.
“I purposely just kind of kept distant so that I can really play the distance on-screen. We didn’t really have our first kind of scene together until months in after doing this project.
“And so we realised that we both were a little bit awkward about the scene because we’ve never been around each other.
“What was interesting is that we get to see – she does a great job at playing the internals of it all and we know something’s going on but we don’t know why.
“And I think what people see in season one is going to really break down why Jukebox became the adult that she became because of all of this stuff that she’d been dealing with internally, with herself.”
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Delving further, the Raising Kanan star added: “In her relationships, her personal issues and the ones with me, and it’s gonna be really important.
“I think people ought to really be excited about how she plays it. And she did a good job.
“Again, that’s what makes this Power Book really special because it’s the prequel to set up (the series).
“And we get to understand the undergird of why all these characters are moving the way they’re moving because we get to see the foundations of them.
“So I think we take the audience on a great journey and people don’t even have to watch the other Powers to understand where our sequence picks up.”
What exactly will be behind Marvin and Jukebox’s confrontations remain to be seen but it’s bound to make for intriguing viewing.
And with season two already renewed and confirmed by Starz, it looks like Kanan (Mekai Curtis), Marvin and Jukebox’s sorry will continue for some time yet.
Power Book III: Raising Kanan airs Sundays on Starz and Starzplay.
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