Mary J. Blige to Star in ‘Power’ Spinoff ‘Power Book II: Ghost’

May 21, 2017: Singer Mary J. Blige at the premiere for "The Meyerowitz Stories" at the 70th Festival de Cannes. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Mary J. Blige is set to headline the first Power spinoff titled Power Book II: Ghost, Starz announced Friday.

The series will continue the journey of some of Power’s most controversial characters, the network said in a press release.

“We have alluded previously to various spinoffs, prequels and other expansions of the Power Universe,” said series creator Courtney A. Kemp. “Today we are pleased to announce that we are in pre-production on the first of what we know will be a collection of series inspired by the dynamic world of Power.”

In June, Blige launched Blue Butterfly productions and signed a first-look deal to produce and develop television series for Starz parent company, Lionsgate. As part of the deal, she will create content across Lionsgate’s various business arms.

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The singer and actress has previously appeared in the Netflix series, The Umbrella Academy, and the film Mudbound, earning Oscar nominations for the film’s soundtrack and in the best supporting actress category.

Last month the nine-time Grammy winner picked up the Lifetime Achievement honor at the 2019 BET Awards.

News of her participation in Power Book II: Ghost came as part of Starz’s presentation at the Television Critics Association’s Summer Press Tour in Beverly Hills.

The premium cable channel also revealed the sixth and final season of Power will be broken up into two parts. The first half of the season will premiere on Aug. 25 and consist of 10 episodes. The last five episodes will air in January 2020.

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