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Brotherhood Shines in 'The Best Man: The Final Chapters'

After The Best Man Holiday fans were eager for a third installment of what has become a must-watch franchise among an audience of not only Black cinema but all film enthusiasts.

It has been nearly 15 years since Malcolm D. Lee's first film The Best Man, but those who remembered that final scene, which help teach many onlookers how to dance the famous electric slide to Cameo's, Candy, never forgot Taye Diggs as Harper Stewart, Nia Long as Jordan Armstrong, Morris Chestnut as Lance Sullivan, Harold Perrineau as Julian "Murch" Murchison, Terrence Howard as Quentin Spivey, Sanaa Lathan as Robyn, Melissa De Sousa as Shelby, Monica Calhoun as Mia Morgan and Regina Hall as Candace "Candy" Sparks.

Now, nearly 10 years after The Best Man Holiday, Lee has reinvented what a franchise could do. With his latest iteration in The Best Man universe, the award-winning director got the green light to have our final encounter with the characters we love, be a limited series on Peacock.

The Best Man: The Final Chapters shows the casts' relationships evolve and past grievances resurface in the unpredictable stages of midlife crisis and midlife renaissance. The series touches on timely topics such as the Covid-19 pandemic as well as how the group has moved on since the unexpected death of their friend Mia.

“When I wrote The Best Man, it was out of a desire to see myself on screen," Lee said in a statement. "Growing up, I rarely saw Black people -- Black men in particular – the way my friends and I saw ourselves; educated, upwardly mobile African-Americans who were just 'normal' (Barack and Michelle before Barack and Michelle).

Lee's desire to see himself has been what connected audiences to the franchise and what have kept them around for over 20 years. For Diggs, the brotherhood created within the franchise has helped him "navigate Hollywood in real life."

The limited series will expand on the themes established in The Best Man franchise – love, friendship, faith, forgiveness, and personal growth – all filtered through a beautifully Black lens," executive producer/co-showrunner, Dayna Lynne North said in a statement.

The chemistry between the cast has been on full display during the press run, which of course is bittersweet for the actors. The cast does not miss a beat in bringing the The Final Chapters to an epic close.

All eight episodes of The Best Man: The Final Chapters drops on Peacock on December 22.


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