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The week's film and television news that you need to know.

Apr, 21, 2017

There were quite a few notable film and television announcements this week that you might have missed. Here's our round-up of the premieres, trailers, and casting news that you should know.

UMC's latest drama premieres Friday, Halfway follows a recently released convict in a conservative white town who's trapped between his past and current life. The film stars Quinton Aaron and Marcus Henderson. Halfway premieres April 21. 

Will Smith is in talks to play the genie in Disney's live-action Aladdin, which Guy Ritchie is set to direct. It was reported earlier that Smith was in talks to appear in Tim Burton's live-action Dumbo, but it seems that's fallen by the wayside. The role of the genie was initially made famous by late actor Robin Williams, so if Smith steps into the role, he'll have some big shoes to fill.

It seems the premiere of John Ridley's Guerilla didn't do so hot. According to Shadow and Act, the series debuted with a dismal 182,000 viewers, pretty low for a Showtime debut. Looks like the criticism Ridley faced for leaving Black women out of the show's narrative may have hurt its premiere. 

Starz dropped a clip of Power's upcoming fourth season, which features Naturi Naughton's Tasha working with Jerry Ferrara's Joe to figure out how to get Omari Hardwick's Ghost out of jail. There's a lot planned for season four with Larenz Tate joining the cast as well as the late Charlie Murphy appearing in the upcoming season.

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