‘Power’ Gets New Spinoff, ‘Origins,’ A Ghost And Tommy-Focused Prequel

The Power universe isn’t dying down anytime soon. With both Power Book III: Raising Kanan and Power Book IV: Force filming their new seasons in New York City and Chicago, respectively, as Power Book II: Ghost gears up to unveil its highly-anticipated fourth season later this year, STARZ announced that another prequel is in development.

The series’ fourth spinoff, Origins, is set to center around the origin stories of James “Ghost” St. Patrick and his partner-in-crime, Tommy Egan. The men were brought to life by Omari Hardwick and Joseph Sikora in the original Power series.

Following the official announcement, 50 Cent tweeted, “You asked, I answered. Young Ghost and Tommy coming your way.” In the first installment, he portrayed Kanan Stark and that character’s origin story is a fan-favorite as seen in Power Book III: Raising Kanan—which ended its third season back in February.

“As we approach the 10-year anniversary of Power, it is incredible to witness the enormous connection our fans have with the Power universe,” said Kathryn Busby, President of Programming for STARZ, in a statement. “We can’t wait to see how Origins will further evolve this dynamic franchise while bringing fresh, gripping, and expansive storytelling to our audience.”

When VIBE spoke to the cast as Power came to an end, Hardwick gave some insight into Ghost’s villain origin story.

“I would say that he’s maybe the most empathetic character in the entire story,” he explained. “He went to a little white boy—who was the only white boy in the neighborhood—and to a girl who hid powder and drugs for him, and said, ‘We could be more.’ […] He grew up with no mom. There’s no father introduced to Ghost. There’s no uncles, no brothers, none of that; he’s just got surrogate people all around him. The only family we know of Ghost is the one he made with Tasha. That’s the only family we know. His major overriding insecurity is that he’s still on a search, not only for betterment, but first to be better, you gotta know who the f**k you are!”

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For Tommy, Sikora revealed, “[Tommy’s emotions] also can be his downfall with trying to build his family and find love, probably because of the lack of love he had from his mother growing up and then obviously growing up with a father who was absent. A lot of that comes out of him trying to fill those holes. I think Tommy Egan’s legacy is that there’s humanity in everyone. That everybody needs love. And sometimes, maybe not even sometimes, all the time, it’s that you can always judge the action but you should hold back from judging the man.”

The cast of Origins has yet to be announced, but fans are already requesting that Hardwick and Sikora reprise their roles as narrators, similar to what Fif does on Raising Kanan. Sikora is down to do so, according to a tweet from Wednesday (Mar. 14) that read, “I like the whole narration idea.”