February 9, 2021
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Morris Chestnut, Melissa De Sousa, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Terrence Howard, Sanaa Lathan, Nia Long, and Harold Perrineau are all coming to the small screen! NBC’s streaming platform Peacock has ordered a 10-episode limited dramedy series The Best Man: The Final Chapters from writer and director of The Best Man and the sequel The Best Man Holiday, Malcolm D. Lee and former Insecure executive producer Dayna Lynne North.
The actors closed significant seven-figure deals to reprise their roles on the series, which is set for a September release, according to Deadline.
“Here we go! The band is back together!” Lee said. “I am very excited to bring these iconic characters back to the fans who have supported us through this franchise. We are thrilled to deliver everything one would expect from this group of friends in The Best Man universe and take them through their final chapters. We can’t wait! I told you it wouldn’t be 14 more years.”
The 3x NAACP Image Award-winning film was released in 1999 with the Christmas-themed sequel released in 2013. The series will catch up with Harper, Robyn, Jordan, Lance, Quentin, Shelby, Candace, and Murch “as relationships evolve and past grievances resurface in the unpredictable stages of midlife crisis meets midlife renaissance,” per the show’s description.
“The Best Man films were a cultural touchstone during my college days — and they’ve remained influential pop culture references to this day,” shared executive producer North. “I’ve grown up laughing with these characters, copying their dance moves, and grieving at their losses. I am overjoyed to be partnering with Malcolm D. Lee and this amazing cast to adapt this iconic franchise at Peacock.”
Sousa and Perrineau took to Instagram to share the news. The former One on One star captioned her Instagram post, “The Best Man Fam is back!” while Perrineau wrote, “Get your band ✅ Put them back together ✅.”
During an episode of Unsung: Hollywood, Diggs revealed exactly which scene from the classic film stood out the most to fans. Watch below:
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