Omari Hardwick to Star in “Power”

Omari Hardwick is having a moment. After penning a touching tribute to Trayvon Martin, the actor has been cast as the lead character in “Power,” an hour-long original drama series on STARZ. Creator Courtney Kemp Agboh of “The Good Wife” will executive produce the show along with rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson.

In the series, Hardwick will play James “Ghost” St. Patrick, a wealthy New York City nightclub owner “who caters to the city’s elite,” according to a press release. He aspires to make the club a Fortune 500 business; however, he’s a high-level drug lord on the side. The show will follows his journey to become a successful businessman and struggle with leaving his criminal life.

The first season of “Power” will include eight episodes and will begin filming this fall for a 2014 premiere.

Hardwick has appeared in the movies “Sparkle,” “For Colored Girls,” and “Kick Ass.” Most recently, he played Gabrielle Union’s love interest in BET’s “Becoming Mary Jane,” which is expected to debut as a TV series in Januaray. In a recent interview with JET, Hardwick said he is also working on a movie called “Reach Me” with Kelsey Grammer and Sylvester Stallone.