BET Gears Up For 'The New Edition Story'
SACRAMENTO, California — Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Mike Bivins, Johnny Gill, and lead singer Ralph Tresvant. are going to see their lives turned into three-part film for the small screen thanks to the producers, BET (Black Entertainment Television).
The cable television network just released a trailer of the biopic miniseries named after the group, entitled “The New Edition Story.” The R&B group started in 1978 and would later open the doors to other successful Boy Bands.
The singers are portrayed by Luke James (Johnny Gill), Woody McClain (Bobby Brown), Elijah Kelley (Ricky Bell), Keith Powers (Ronnie DeVoe), Algee Smith (Ralph Tresvant), and “Empire” star Bryshere Gray (Michael Bivins).
The mini series will chronicle the group’s upstart in Boston, Massachusetts, legal fight with singer/producer Maurice Starr, and their tumultuous relationship with Brown, who would eventually marry songstress Whitney Houston.
New Edition had numerous hits on the music charts in the 1980s, including “Candy Girl,” “Cool It Now,” “Mr. Telephone Man,” and the New Jack Swing beat, “If It Isn’t Love.” All of the members and former manager Brooke Payne signed on to produce the project.
Wood Harris, Lisa Nicole Carson, La La Anthony, and Michael Rappaport also star. No release date is set. But the first trailer that appeared on June 28, is an indication that the miniseries will air soon.