Chicago is Tommy’s town now. So declares the new extended teaser trailer for the highly anticipated series Power Book IV: Force. The series filmed in and around Chicago throughout 2021. Executive produced by Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Courtney A. Kemp, the series debuts on Starz February 6th.
Here is your first look at Power Book IV: Force:
Here’s the official Force logline: “As Tommy leaves New York after losing Ghost, LaKeisha, and the only city he’s ever known, he makes a quick detour to close an old wound that’s been haunting him for decades. What was supposed to be a quick stop turns into a labyrinth of family secrets and lies Tommy thought were long buried. One step leads to another and Tommy quickly finds himself in Chicago’s drug game, inserting himself between the city’s two biggest crews. In a city divided by race, Tommy straddles the line, ultimately becoming the lynchpin that not only unites them — but holds the power to watch them crumble. As the first season unfolds at breakneck speed, Tommy uses his outsider status to his advantage, breaking all the local rules and rewriting them on his quest to become the biggest drug dealer in Chicago.”
This Series Is Truly Chicago
Perhaps the biggest Chicago story in this new series is the lead actor himself. Joseph Sikora, who plays the central role of “Tommy Egan,” was born and raised in Chicago on the far Northwest side. He studied acting at the Piven Theatre Workshop in Evanston and also at Columbia College Chicago, where he received his B.A. degree in Theater. He remains an ensemble member with Chicago’s superb stage troupe Shattered Globe Theatre to this day. Sikora was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson award for his role in SGT’s production of FROZEN ASSETS back in 1999.
Chicago connections abound in Power Book IV: Force. Aside from Sikora, the production is led by Line Producer Rich Lederer and Unit Production Manager James McAllister. The cast is loaded with Chicagoans, led by Kris “Lambo” Lofton, who plays “Jenard,” Anthony Fleming as “JP Gibbs,” and Phil Donlon in the role of “Simon McDougal,” to name a few. Cast also includes Guy Van Swearingen, a pillar of the Chicago theatre community, who co-founded A Red Orchid Theatre Company with Lawrence Grimm and two-time Academy Award nominee Michael Shannon.
There is one more critical Chicago connection with series showrunner and executive producer Robert Munic is a Chicago native. Munic was last back home in Illinois while co-executive producing and writing episodes of the popular Fox series Empire.
The Countdown to February 6th Begins
The excitement surrounding the Power Book IV: Force premiere is high, perhaps best summed up by Starz president of programming Christina Davis. “Power has been one of the most successful series in premium pay television during its six-year run, garnering more than 10 million multi-platform views in its last two seasons. We can’t wait to take fans in a whole new direction as we pick up Tommy’s story with Power Book IV: Force.”
Check back here at Screen Magazine for the latest as the season premiere of Power Book IV: Force approaches.