Laz Alonso is reliving some music history…
The 43-year-old Afro-Cuban American actor will star in BET’s The Bobby Brown Story, a two-part miniseries starring Woody McClain as the veteran R&B singer.
In addition to Alonso and McClain, the miniseries will also star Mekhi Phifer, Lil Rel Howery, T.K. Carter, Lance Gross, Alyssa Goss and Sandi McCree.
The New Edition Story broke BET ratings records when it aired in January 2017, and The Bobby Brown Story picks up where it left off following Brown’s successful solo run.
McClain is reprising his role as Brown, one of the genre’s original “bad boys” whose life epitomizes the meaning of sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll. His hits may have kept him at the top of the charts, but his antics kept him on the front page.
Alonso (The Mysteries of Laura) is Louil Silas Jr, an MCA producer-executive who helps make Bobby a solo star.
Phifer plays Tommy Brown, Bobby’s brother. Howery is Brian Irvine, Bobby’s business manager. Carter plays Herbert “Pops” Brown, Bobby’s father. 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.
The Bobby Brown Story is directed by Spike Lee protégé Kiel Adrian Scott.
Production is currently underway in Atlanta.
BET plans a two-night September premiere for The Bobby Brown Story.