12:31pm PT by Lesley Goldberg
'The A-Team's' Omari Hardwick to Star in Starz's 50 Cent Drama 'Power'
Starz has found the lead for its upcoming nightclub drama Power.
The A-Team's Omari Hardwick has landed the starring role in the drama from executive producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, the network announced Wednesday.
Power revolves around James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Hardwick), a wealthy New York City nightclub owner who caters to the city's elite. He wants to build an empire, turn the club into a Fortune 500 business, but there's just one problem: Ghost is living a double life. When he's not at the club, he's the kingpin of the most lucrative drug network in New York, catering to a very exclusive clientele. His marriage, family and business all become unknowingly threatened as he is tempted to leave his criminal life behind and become the rags-to-riches businessman he wants to be most of all.
The Good Wife's Courtney Kemp Agboh created the drama and will executive produce and serve as showrunner on the CBS Television Studios series. Mark Canton (300) and Randall Emmett (End of Watch) will also executive produce the eight-episode drama.
"Omari is an actor of incredible range and versatility,” Starz managing director Carmi Zlotnik said. "When we met Omari, we knew he had all the tools needed to play such a complicated and complex character. We look forward to him bringing Ghost to life on the screen."
Hardwick's credits include Sparkle, For Colored Girls, Kick-Ass and The A-Team. On the small screen, his résumé includes Dark Blue, Breakout Kings and Saved. He's repped by Innovative Artists, 3 Arts and Sloane Offer.
The eight-episode first season of Power will begin filming later this fall for a 2014 premiere.