'The Best Man: The Final Chapters' Cast On The Bond That Reunited Them For The Series

Nia Long, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard and Melissa De Sousa discuss the legacy the franchise is leaving for fans.

Say what you want about reboots and sequels, but there鈥檚 something really endearing about a group of actors reuniting to see a franchise through. That鈥檚 especially true when said franchise includes icons like Nia Long, Taye Diggs, Regina Hall, Morris Chestnut, Terrence Howard and Melissa De Sousa.

鈥淭he Best Man鈥 (1999) and 鈥淏est Man Holiday鈥 (2013) hold heavyweight status in the canon of classic films that grew with their audience and made a real impact. So when filmmaker Malcolm D. Lee thought the franchise deserved an ending, he started writing.

鈥淚 wanted us to get back to some fun. I mean we had fun in 鈥楤est Man Holiday,鈥 but it was also very sad,鈥 Lee told HuffPost. 鈥淎nd I wanted to have a much more comedic time with these folks. So I had that movie in mind, and I wrote it and had another movie in mind to continue and close out the series, but we weren鈥檛 able to come up with a budget that worked for the studio and so it was like ok let鈥檚 give it a go as a limited series.鈥

More than 20 years after the original film debuted, Lee connected with showrunner and 鈥淚nsecure鈥 alum Dayna Lynne North who was able to reunite the cast for a final hurrah with 鈥淭he Best Man: The Final Chapters.鈥 The series premieres Thursday on Peacock.

When we met them, the characters were upwardly mobile 20-somethings just getting into the stride of figuring out love, life and friendship. In 鈥淔inal Chapters,鈥 we鈥檙e reintroduced to them as life has settled in and the 鈥渞eal adulting鈥 is happening, as Long described it.

From Left: Melissa De Sousa as Shelby, Nia Long as Jordan, Regina Hall as Candy, Harold Perrineau as Julian, Sanaa Lathan as Robin and Taye Diggs as Harper in "The Best Man: The Final Chapters."
From Left: Melissa De Sousa as Shelby, Nia Long as Jordan, Regina Hall as Candy, Harold Perrineau as Julian, Sanaa Lathan as Robin and Taye Diggs as Harper in "The Best Man: The Final Chapters."
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We pick up with them as they prepare for Quentin鈥檚 (Howard) wedding in the Dominican Republic. His longtime situationship with new 鈥淗ousewives鈥 star Shelby (De Sousa) is spiraling. Jordan (Long) and Harper (Diggs) are respectively grinding their way to the top of their careers while exchanging some serious sexual chemistry despite Harper being married to Robyn (Sanaa Lathan). Candace (Hall) is still married to Murch (Harold Perrineau) as we see her juggle graduate school, work and motherhood. Meanwhile, Lance (Chestnut) is still coping with the death of Mia (Monica Calhoun), often in self-destructive ways, while being a single parent.

Chestnut told HuffPost he misses Calhoun in this story, but he knew fans needed closure.

鈥淗aving the opportunity to be performers and to be a part of a project like this that鈥檚 so strongly entrenched within the community because of the storylines, because of the relatability of the characters which have prevailed throughout years, it鈥檚 been somewhat magical to be a part of,鈥 he said. 鈥淲e love working with each other, so that was a great opportunity, that was the icing on the cake, but the main thing was just to come back and give the fans another installment.鈥

Hall said she loves to see these characters remain connected in the name of friendship, even when life isn鈥檛 so smooth.

鈥淚t鈥檚 great to see how they keep coming back together, a core group of friends that just are kind of life-sustaining, and they know things sometimes before you do, and they know you,鈥 she said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 just not just our own characters, but how we as a group of friends land. I think it鈥檚 great to see how we collectively as friends are navigating the sometimes tumultuous waters of life together.鈥

Hall was referring to the characters in the series, but the same sentiment can be said about the actors. When Lee made his directorial debut, these actors were early in their careers. Many of us grew up watching and fawning over them in the 鈥90s and 2000s. Now, decades later, they鈥檝e thrived and sustained careers that positioned them as Hollywood royalty. So their reunion for this project feels especially symbolic and full circle.

鈥淚t鈥檚 a reflection of the love that they have for each other getting this cast back together,鈥 North said. 鈥淎nd really, as the newcomer to this particular franchise, it was really powerful and beautiful to see that the love that they have for each other is part of what allows it to be possible鈥 It speaks to the love and respect that they have for each other and the love and respect they have for the franchise and wanting to actually bring that franchise forward again and get back together to tell the stories of these characters.鈥

De Sousa spoke of that bond fondly, expressing that it felt like she won the lotto when she first landed the role in 1998.

鈥淔or us to come together, eight established actors who have careers to come together and want to do it and want to play together again after all this time, it鈥檚 just something so special,鈥 she said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 indescribable, and I just feel really lucky to be a part of it and to be able to call these people my friends and family.鈥

Howard shared a similar sentiment as his co-star.

鈥淲e鈥檝e been together in many lifetimes, and apparently, we only get to see each other once every 10 years or so. So you hold on to that,鈥 Howard said. 鈥淎nd it keeps you going. Because when we see each other, we end up better people. More balanced. That little thing you were working on, I fixed it. Here you go. Put that right on there, plug that one right in. And we鈥檙e tuning each other up.鈥

Lee said he鈥檚 happy to be giving this story a proper ending and hopes that viewers take away the same feeling they took away from the first two movies.

鈥淸I hope] that they were engaged with characters that they loved, that they aspired to be and that they saw themselves reflected in,鈥 he said. 鈥淪o I hope that we continue that legacy with this iteration of 鈥楤est Man.鈥欌

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