The legacy of ‘Vitality’ continues with ‘Raising Kanan.’ HL obtained EXCLUSIVE scoop from star Mekai Curtis and showrunner Sascha Penn about ‘Kanan before he grow to be Kanan.’
It’s Kanan Stark’s world now, and we’re just residing in it. The 2nd Vitality spinoff, Vitality E-book 3: Raising Kanan, will follow a 15-yr-used Kanan residing in South Jamaica, Queens. HollywoodLife spoke EXCLUSIVELY with Mekai Curtis about taking on the characteristic 50 Cent made renowned within the distinctive Vitality series.
“When we take up with Kanan, it’s 1991. He’s 15. You’re assembly Kanan before he grow to be Kanan,” Mekai told HollywoodLife. “For the length of the screech, all around the season, all around the series, whatever, you’ll witness how he grow to be who we saw within the distinctive Vitality. That’s why it’s known as Raising Kanan. It’s regarding the atmosphere, the impact, just the social native climate that raised Kanan. You witness most of the picks he needed to make and why he makes them.”
Sascha moreover told HollywoodLife, “I agree with the version you’re going to salvage is a version that feels within the kill linked and connected to the version you obtained as 50 Cent. What we’re doing is we’re deconstructing Kanan as he existed as 50. We’re type of rebuilding him within the 15-yr-used version of him.”
Mekai recalled that his first assembly with 50 Cent grow to be a “immense chill” one and didn’t happen till he grow to be very some distance into the casting activity. “My first assembly with 50 didn’t happen till my chemistry read with Patina Miller, which grow to be my final audition,” Mekai said. That grow to be the critical time I met 50. Nonetheless yeah, it grow to be a immense chill interaction.”
Sascha renowned that casting young Kanan grow to be the “most titillating casting shy away” for the Raising Kanan team. “We knew that coming into into due to now we gather this character who has already been established and fully realized and realized in type of a spectacular design by 50,” Sascha persisted. “We searched across the country. Mekai, I will enlighten, got here in early and obtained the job early. What we didn’t kill is order the actors who had been reading for the characteristic that they had been reading for Kanan due to we didn’t favor them to total a 50 Cent impersonation. On the total, we wanted to head making an strive who they had been as an actor.”
He added, “Mekai has a type of what 50 has, which is type of this innate charm and sensitivity. All but again, there’s a humanity to Mekai that 50 has as nicely. I agree with it’s an aspect of 50’s acting capability that he doesn’t salvage sufficient credit rating for, which is there might be an valid humanity to it and a humorousness and a charm. I agree with folks salvage this, even as relates to Kanan, salvage caught up within the gangster of it all. The character that 50 realized as Kanan grow to be layered and had a ton of depth. Mekai has those identical qualities.” Raising Kanan will air Sundays on STARZ.