Bryshere Y. Gray and Luke James Lead BET’s New Edition Biopic
BET has made a big push in the arena of original programming, and the forthcoming New Edition biopic miniseries has attracted major talent into its top roles.
New Edition: The Movie will follow the genesis and fame of New Edition, one of the most legendary and trailblazing R&B bands in history. The cast includes Bryshere Y. Gray as Michael Bivins, Elijah Kelley as Ricky Bell, Luke James as Johnny Gill, Algee Smith as Ralph Tresvant, Keith Powers as Ronnie Devoe, and Woody McClain as Bobby Brown. Chris Robinson will direct, and the miniseries is written by Abdul Williams.
When I first caught wind that this project was in the pipeline, I couldn’t help but question how good it might be. Biopics of prominent black musicians like TLC, Nina Simone, and Toni Braxton have been popular for years now, but the quality of said projects has been far from consistent. This casting news is a sign that there is a commitment to making a solid film. Bryshere Gray, with his Empire exposure, couldn’t have come cheap. Elijah Kelly has been in several high-profile projects, including The Wiz Live!, and is an impressive singer and dancer. And Luke James is a Grammy-nominated singer and songwriter.
The only real question that remains is whether the actors will be using their own singing voices or not. Seems like a waste to have such stellar singers like Kelly and James to not use their singing voices, but the singing talents of the rest of the cast are still unknown. Either way, it’s most important that the group’s portrayers are able to pull off the trademark New Edition routines, and this group seems up to the task.
The three-night miniseries event is scheduled to premiere on BET in 2017.
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