Clifton Powell attends "Brian Banks" Atlanta Screening at SCADshow on July 30, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images)

Clifton Powell is set to portray David “Pop” Winans, the patriarch of the Winans Family dynasty, in the upcoming limited film series “Thankful.”

Powell, known for his memorable roles in the Academy Award-winning film “Ray” alongside Jamie Foxx, portraying Martin Luther King Jr. in “Selma Lord Selma,” and starring in television series such as “The Family Business,” “Sacrifice,” and “Saints & Sinners,” continues to shine in his illustrious career.

He will also appear in the new limited series “Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist” with Samuel L. Jackson, Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and Kevin Hart, coming in 2024.

A Talented Producer & Actor

In addition to starring in “Thankful,” Clifton Powell will also produce the ten-episode, seven-part limited series.

He is collaborating with three award-winning directors, whose names will be announced soon.

With more than 100 films and television series to his credit and numerous awards for his performances both in front of and behind the camera, Powell is set to bring unique depth and authenticity to this project.

A Heartfelt Family Collaboration

The Winans family is deeply involved in the production, with Michael Winans Sr. expressing his excitement about the casting: “I wanted to pick the actors for certain family characters – Clifton Powell as my Dad is absolutely perfect – having Clifton Jr. (his son) as young Pop is most rewarding. This is a blessing to have both – what a talented duo!

Star-Studded Cast

The series boasts an impressive ensemble cast, including legendary names such as George Wallace, Melba Moore, Ernest Thomas, Olivia Brown, Renn Woods, D’Atra Hicks, Shirley Murdock, Larry B Scott, Marquita McSwain, Brandon Quintin Adams, and Vanessa Bell Armstrong.

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Clifton Powell Jr. will also play a significant role.

Executive Producer Melanie of 5-0 Studios London highlighted the stellar lineup: “The list reads like a who’s who, and we are so honored to work with all of them. The production is truly blessed to have Clifton Powell as the producer; it’s indeed a double blessing for the series.

A Global and Inspirational Story

Thankful” is more than just a limited film series; it is a testament to the deep emotions, resilience, and faith that have defined the Winans family’s journey.

The series, which will feature actors from England, Holland, Germany, and the United States, aims to tell a story that resonates with families around the globe.

Michael Winans Sr., a five-time Grammy winner, stated: “It’s important that the actors fit the roles, and we were able to cast ‘greatness.’ The additional 50-plus legendary actors onboard have embraced the story, and we are truly honored.”

A Musical Extravaganza

The series will also showcase the musical talents of the Winans family and their friends, featuring contributions from over 100 artists worldwide.

With 40 songs being written and produced, the soundtrack aims to complement the cinematic artistry of the series and continue the Winans family’s legacy of Grammy Award-winning hits.

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