Bryshere Y. Gray steps out in style at the 21st Annual Critics' Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California.

Lester Cohen/Getty Images

The actor is set to play Michael Bivins.

Sydney Scott
Apr, 21, 2016

We've been anxiously waiting to hear more about BET's previously-announced New Edition biopic, and we're excited to finally have more info.

'Empire's' Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers and Bryshere 'Yazz' Gray Cover June Issue of ESSENCE

During its annual Upfront presentation, the network revealed the cast attached to the 3-night miniseries. Bryshere Y. Gray will play Michael Bivins, Luke James will play Johnny Gill, Keith Powers is Ronnie Devoe, Elijah Kelley will play Ricky Bell, Woody McClain is Bobby Brown, and Algee Smith is Ralph Tresvant. Members of New Edition will serve as consultants and executive producers. The group issued a statement about their excitement for the upcoming biopic, saying:

Lee Daniels Wins Lawsuit: Man Claims Empire was His Idea

"It's been a long time coming and that time is finally here! Now that we have signed the deal, New Edition's journey will be captured in a three night miniseries to tell our life story through our very own eyes. We are happy to have New Edition Enterprises collaborate with BET Networks’ Debra Lee and Stephen Hill along with Jesse Collins Entertainment. From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like The Temptations and The Jackson Five—we are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here. For the fans all over the world, this one's for you."

Jussie Smollett Goes Off in Exclusive Premiere of 'Empire' Track 'Like My Daddy'

WANT MORE FROM ESSENCE? Subscribe to our daily newsletter for the latest in hair, beauty, style and celebrity news.

You May Like