Bryshere Y. Gray of Empire has been cast in BET’s New Edition biopic. Gray will play Michael Bivins in the three-part drama New Edition: The Movie.
Rounding out the rest of the group will be Elijah Kelley (The Butler) as Ricky Bell, singer Luke James as Johnny Gill, Algee Smith (Let It Shine) as Ralph Tresvant, Keith Powers (Straight Outta Compton) as Ronnie DeVoe and Woody McClain (Autographs) as Bobby Brown.
According to a press release, New Edition members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill and Ralph Tresvant are consultants and executive producers on the film.
From the press release, New Edition said:
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.
The movie is set to go into production next month and is slated to air sometime in 2017.