“Once I heard 50 Cent was producing it, I said, ‘sign me up'”: Michael Rainey Jr, Larenz Tate and Caroline Chikezie on Power Book II – Ghost season three
Coming back to the screen for a third season, this new chain of episodes in the Power universe follows on from the explosive finale in series two that left fans with unanswered questions. With the stage set for this next action-packed instalment, there’s a host of new intriguing characters and a brilliant returning ensemble cast who deliver some unexpected plot twists and shocking reveals to keep the story moving forward.
Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr) remains central to the narrative; navigating life after the death of Lauren (Paige Hurd) and his father, James “Ghost” St Patrick (Omari Hardwick), he spends much of this season trying to balance his stable college education with his involvement in the criminal underworld. The pressure is on to shift more goods from the Tejadas, working with his close friend, Brandon (Gianni Paola), and eventually involving his girlfriend, Effie (Alix Lapri), too. Meanwhile, there’s a huge shift in the Tejada family dynamics and a new, powerful force in the vicinity, led by Noma (Caroline Chikezie). Councilman Rashad Tate is also on the path to his next leadership role and a college professor adds fresh interest to his backstory. As with the seasons before, this series is packed with continuing storylines, new players who shake things up and moments of romance that weave through all the violence and action.
The Upcoming had the pleasure of speaking with Michael Rainey Jr about his role as Tariq, and what appeals to him about the character. He also talked about building his relationship with Effie (Alix Lapri) on-screen and the key themes that viewers will see emerge through the story.
We chatted to Larenz Tate about his role as councilman Rashad Tate, his quest for power and acknowledgement, a returning romance from his past and some of the challenges of filming in New York in the bitter winter months.
Caroline Chikezie talked about her role as Noma, being a newcomer to the series and what viewers can expect from her character. She also gave us some insight into what it was like working with the accomplished ensemble cast, and some of the key moments of filming that proved both a challenge and a huge part in shaping the story arc.
Power Book II: Ghost season three is released on Lionsgate+ on 17th March 2023.
Watch the trailer for Power Book II: Ghost season three here: