Joseph Sikora, 50 Cent talk ‘Power Book IV: Force,’ getting out of Ghost’s shadow

EXCLUSIVE: “He really brings his past with him. He can't escape it," Sikora said of his alter ego, Tommy Egan, on the new 'Power' spinoff

50 Cent and Courtney Kemp’s Power franchise has proven over and over again that it is here to stay.

Feb. 6 marked the launch of the fourth installment to the Power Universe with Power Book IV: Force. This chapter is switching it up with a whole new scenery and moving the franchise to the streets of Chicago.

Viewers are now following the life of fan-favorite Tommy Egan, played by Joseph Sikora. Previously, Tommy was the best friend and sometimes rival of Ghost (played by Omari Hardwick) — the star of Power.

TheGrio caught up with the show’s executive producer, 50 Cent, as well as Sikora to talk about the new chapter.

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Joseph Sikora and Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson attend the Power Book IV: Force Premiere at Pier 17 Rooftop on January 28, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for STARZ)

“For Force, I feel good about it because Tommy was one of the strongest characters in Ghost and particularly my favorite character,” 50 Cent shared regarding his excitement to explore Tommy’s character within the spinoff. “He was the only guy that wanted to sell drugs in a show about drug dealers who made it to the top of the drug trade, and now, thinks he could do something different.”

Tommy Egan has become one of television’s characters you either love or hate, causing original Power fans to have to choose whether they are “Team Tommy ” or “Team Ghost.” During season 2 of Power, 50 Cent let Sikora know that this is his show.

Now with Power Book IV: Force, the actor is officially number one on the call sheet. 

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(L-R) Ahmad Nicholas Ferguson, Guy Van Swearingen, Anthony Fleming III, Isaac Keys, Phil Donlon, Jeremih, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, Gabrielle Ryan, Joseph Sikora, Mark Canton, Lucien Cambric, Shana Stein, Kris D. Lofton, Barton Fitzpatrick, Dorothy Canton and Shane Harper attend the Power Book IV: Force Premiere at Pier 17 Rooftop on January 28, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for STARZ)

“Tommy didn’t give himself enough credit, and I think a lot of us can relate to that. So when Tommy was without Kanan and when Tommy was without Ghost finally—even when they were rivals at some points—that was still his brother, ultimately,” said 50 Cent. “That fight in between brothers is how we know what happens with the family anyway. So when Tommy finds himself alone, I think that he says, ‘Yeah, I have been doing this. I have been doing a lot of this on my own anyway.’ But now he’s forced to.” 

Sikora opened up about leading the show and developing Tommy as a leader in his own right. The actor also mentioned that despite being the series’ lead, he is thankful for his castmates who play such phenomenal roles and have attributed to Tommy’s growth while taking on this new city. 

“I have to give a lot of credit to the rest of the cast. If I wasn’t surrounded by such an incredibly talented group of actors, this would have been a really much more difficult and I’m sure less fun process,” he explained.

The show introduces newcomer Gabrielle Ryan, who will play an “integral role” as he adjusts to the city.

“It was actually really exciting. I was such a huge Tommy fan. He was my favorite, I had such a huge crush on the Tommy character for many many years. I was definitely team Tommy. I was so ready with this character and I was so familiar with this world that coming into this show was just pure excitement,” Ryan said.

With the show focused on Tommy’s life in Chicago, we will see a new side of the character as he navigates the culture, builds the drug business from the ground up, and also discovers new connections in Chicago. 

“He really brings his past with him. He can’t escape it, and he doesn’t want to escape it right now, Sikora said.

Power Book IV: Force airs at 9 p.m. on Starz, with episode 1 now available for streaming.

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