Power Book II: Ghost: Why did Courtney A. kemp choose Tariq as the show's main character ?

For years to come, power will dominate our television screens. The popular drama series follows James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a New York City drug lord who tried to go straight but was often drawn back into life. 

After six seasons, the spectacular series came to a thunderous end, but Power's legacy lives on. The Power Universe continues to grow with four spinoffs on the way, including Power Book II: Ghost.

Power Book II: Ghost, as well as the upcoming Power Book III: Raising Kanan, Power Book IV: Force, and Power Book V: Influence, are among the series' spinoffs. Fans have already seen Power Book II: Ghost, which follows Ghost's college-aged son Tariq (Michael Rainey Jr.) following his death. 

Though many fans felt that starring alongside Ghost's best buddy and business partner Tommy Egan (Joseph Sikora) would be easier, Power creator Courtney A. Kemp chose Tariq first. 

When Michael Rainey Jr. found out he would be directing 'Power Book II: Ghost,' he was taken aback. 

Rainey has played Tariq since the first season of Power, when he was only 12 years old. Tariq began as a minor character in the early seasons of the show, but as time passed, he became a more prominent player. Rainey was still taken aback when he found that he'd be directing the first Power spinoff, Power Book II: Ghost. 

"We were filming season six, I forget which episode it was, but [producer] 50 Cent had just showed up on set one day," Rainey told Ash London Live via Express. "He was simply standing there talking to everyone, and then he walked over to me and pulled me to the side, where we talked." 'You know, as soon as you finish this, you're going to be the star of your own program,' he said. Because 50 Cent is known for his sarcasm, Rainey was taken aback. He recalled, "I was like, 'All fine, anything.'" 

It turns out that 50 Cent, who works as an executive producer on the Power Universe, was right on the money. "A week or two later, [Power creator] Courtney [Kemp] told me, 'You know, the show is going to be about you after.' 'Oh, so 50 wasn't messing around,' I thought. 'As if this is genuine,' Rainey reflected. 

What will the third season of 'Power Book II: Ghost' be about? 

Power Book II: Ghost is already a fan favorite. Fans have watched Tariq juggle his life as a college student and a budding heroin dealer in the aftermath of his father's death. The stakes will rise much greater for him in the second season of the show. 

"As he begins to realize the man he'll become in the third season, Tariq's journey with the Tejada family will become even more confusing - and perilous," Kemp told TVLine. 

Kemp, on the other hand, knows exactly where Tariq is going. 

Why did Courtney A. Kemp, the creator of 'Power Book II: Ghost,' opt to focus on Tariq? 

Many people questioned Kemp's decision to cast a 20-year-old actor in the lead role of the first Power spinoff, especially because Tariq had become one of Power's most disliked characters by Season 6. Kemp, on the other hand, had a vision. 

"I believe that if people get to know this version of Tariq, who is lost and alone and carries so much weight on his shoulders, they will see that all he wants to do is survive," she told Entertainment Weekly. 

Kemp reflected on her hopes for the season and how it had been received thus far in the mid-season finale. "It's extremely wonderful," she added, "that others are seeing him in a little bit of the light that I described earlier, which is how I see him." "He's had a difficult go of it and has made a lot of bad errors, but I believe there are parts of him that genuinely want to look after the people he cares about."

Source: Cheatsheet.com

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