'Power Book II: Ghost': Mary J. Blige to Lead 'Power' Sequel Series

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Singer and actress Mary J. Blige has joined the cast of the five-part Power sequel series, Power Book II: Ghost, Starz announced.

Blige, 48, is known for her acting roles in the film Mudbound and Netflix's The Umbrella Academy.

"We have alluded previously to various spinoffs, prequels and other expansions of the Power universe," a press release quoted executive producers Courtney A. Kemp and Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson as saying on Friday.

"Today, we are pleased to announce that we are in pre-production on the first of what we know will be a collection of series inspired by the dynamic world of Power. Power Book II: Ghost will continue the journey of some of Power's most controversial characters."

'Power': The Final Season Trailer Is Here (VIDEO)

'Power': The Final Season Trailer Is Here (VIDEO)

The Starz hit returns this August for one last chapter.

The cable network said Season 6 of Power will be shown in two parts, with the 10-episode Part I to debut as previously announced on Aug. 25 and Part II scheduled to premiere in January and

Blige was honored with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award last month.

Power star Omari Hardwick has found a new job as his story is wrapping up. He will next star in Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead for Netflix.

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.