Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is an executive producer of an original scripted drama, Power, set to premiere on Starz on Saturday. The series centers on Omari Hardwick‘s character James “Ghost” St. Patrick, who is living a double life as a drug kingpin and a wealthy New York City nightclub owner.
The TV project was developed with producer Mark Canton and screenwriter Courtney Kemp Agboh, with whom the rapper worked closely to bring the drama to life.
“We were able to develop the characters and create the facets to everything that is happening in the actual project,” the rapper tells ABC News Radio. “Omari Hardwick was the right guy for the lead.”
He continues, “We worked on this, like, so people understand, that this was something that we started, like, two-and-a-half years ago. So when it came time for the casting, [Omari] was like the first person on Courtney’s list. But there was a period of time while we were developing it that I was the actual lead.”
So why did 50 turn down the lead role? He explains, “Because it would be sacrificing a lot of other things, I wouldn’t be able to present music to you right now if I was the lead in that actual show. I wouldn’t have had the time to develop everything.”
Fans will see 50 Cent staring as Kanan, who is featured prominently on the show. The rapper also assisted in creating the show’s theme song, “Big Rich Town,” and in helping with the score.
Power premieres Saturday at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Starz.
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