Deadline reports that the actress will lead new drama Intercepted, produced by Power co-star 50 Cent as a part of a $150M partnership between the network and his G-Unit Film & Television, Inc. The show is based on the book of the same name by Alexa Martin. It is the first of a series, The Playbook, inspired by the eight years Martin spent as an NFL wife.
“Described as a funny and fresh contemporary romance, Intercepted centers on Marlee Harper (Anthony), who is the perfect girlfriend,” reads a press release. “She’s sure had enough practice, dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last 10 years. But when her relationship unexpectedly ends, she vows to never date an athlete again. Only one problem: Gavin Pope, the new star quarterback in town, has Marlee in his sights.”
50 also has several other shows in development at STARZ, including a Power prequel and his highly anticipated BMF series, based on notorious drug organization the Black Mafia Family.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.