Shadow and Act has first-look photos from BET’s upcoming two-part miniseries, The Bobby Brown Story, a follow-up to their uber successful The New Edition Story.
The upcoming two-part miniseries sees McClain reprising his role as Bobby Brown. Joining him will be Rosewood and upcoming Luke Cage star, Gabrielle Dennis as Whitney Houston, as well as Mekhi Phifer, Lil Rel Howery, T.K. Carter, Laz Alonso, Lance Gross, Alyssa Goss and Sandi McCree. Tyler James Williams is also expected to appear as the younger version of Brown, and at least one New Edition member will appear, with Algee Smith (who portrays Ralph Tresvant) expected to make an appearance.
The director is Spike Lee protege, NYU grad Kiel Adrian Scott.
The Bobby Brown Story will pick up where the New Edition mini left off. It will chronicle the talented but troubled singer’s exit from the popular ’80s boy band through his solo success, his affair with Janet Jackson and tabloid-fodder marriage to pop icon Whitney Houston. Spanning 30 years of Brown’s life, the new project follows his story from the hard streets of Roxbury, where he turned to a life of drug dealing before being given the chance to prove himself as a solo artist.
Prior character descriptions from Deadline revealed: Phifer plays Tommy Brown, Bobby’s brother. Howery is Brian Irvine, Bobby’s business manager. Carter plays Herbert “Pops” Brown, Bobby’s father. Alonso is Louil Silas Jr, an MCA producer-executive who helps make Bobby a solo star. Gross is set as Steven Sealy, a childhood friend of Bobby’s who is killed in a gunfight after hanging with him at a hometown bar. Goss plays Bobby’s current wife, Alicia Etheridge, and McCree will reprise her New Edition Story as Bobby’s mother Carole Brown.
Production is taking place in Atlanta.
Check out the first-look photos below: