According to our sources, we have discovered the news of who BET is about to cast in the new BET mini series of a film based on Boston’s New Edition!
We hear that Bryshere Gray (best known as Hakeem of FOX’s hit series ‘Empire‘ is leading an all-star cast! Gray is set to play Michael Bivins, while Evan Ross (will portray Ronnie Devoe), Luke James (playing Johnny Gill), Elijah Kelley (playing Ricky Bell), Algee Smith (playing Ralph Tresvant), and Bobby McClain (playing Bobby Brown) all round out the cast. We also hear that Chris Robinson is directing the film for BET.
The mini will be written by Abdul Williams (Lottery Ticket) and co-produced by the band’s longtime manager Brooke Payne. The untitled New Edition project marks BET’s first scripted music-focused television movie. Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) will exec produce.
The movie will be told through the band’s eyes, from their beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between. “We are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here. For the fans all over the world, this one’s for you,” the band said in a statement.