New Edition laid the foundation for how modern-day boy bands look, feel, and sound. Boyz II Men, N’SYNC, The Backstreet Boys, and New Kids On The Block all took their cues from Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny.
After 30 years of breaking hearts on the record and from the stage, New Edition finally gets the biopic that their stellar tenure in entertainment so richly deserves. “NEW EDITION: THE MOVIE,” the 3-part miniseries that will air on BET in 2017, follows the group from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global megastardom - weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame.
The TV movie is executive produced by Jesse Collins for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment; and directed by Chris Robinson. Bryshere Gray will play Michael Bivins as an adult and Dante Hoagland will play Michael as a child. Elijah Kelley will play Ricky Bell as an adult and Caleb McLaughlin will play Ricky as a child.
Luke James will play Johnny Gill. Algee Smith will play Ralph Tresvant as an adult and Jahi Winston will play Ralph as a child. Keith Powers will play Ronnie Devoe as an adult and Myles Truitt will play Ronnie as a child. Woody McClain will play Bobby Brown as an adult and Tyler Williams will play Bobby as a child. Wood Harris stars as Brooke Payne, the group’s longtime manager. The screenplay was written by Abdul Williams. Payne and New Edition are co-producers.