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The Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels (Lee Daniels’ The Butler, Precious) and Emmy winner Danny Strong (Game Change, Lee Daniels’ The Butler), are back at it again working and the dynamic duo on the new TV show Empire ! Empire described as a sexy and powerful new drama about Lucious Lyon (Academy Award nominee Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow), the head of a music empire whose three sons and ex-wife (Academy Award nominee Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Person of Interest) all battle for his throne.
Empire is Set to an original soundtrack written and produced by none other than the producer extraordinaire Timbaland! This new sizzling drama is set to premiere on the FOX network.
Howard plays Lucious Lyon, a charismatic, but tough chief of a record label titled Empire Entertainment, which is on the verge of an IPO.
Taraji P. Henson is Cookie Lyon, the ex-wife of Lucious Lyon, who’s described as a “total badass” with a prison record (she served 17 years for dealing drugs, and used the money to help finance Lucious’ growing music empire, when it was still in its early days). She’s now out of prison, and has come for what’s hers!
Jussie Smollett plays their son, Jamal, a fledgling rapper himself, who is also gay – something that Lucious, the father, has a problem with.
Macy Gray will appear as Tasha, a woman having an affair with Bryshere Y. Gray’s character, Hakeem Lyon, Lucious’ other son, the youngest, and Lucious’ favorite, and the frontrunner to take over his father’s empire.
Trai Byers will play Andre, Lucious’ oldest son, described as tall and brilliant, but with a dark side, and Grace Gealey will play Anika, the head of A&R for Empire Entertainment, and Lucious’ current girlfriend.
Finally, Gabourey Sidibe will recur as Lucious’ hard-working assistant Becky, and Malik Yoba will do the same, as his longtime friend from the streets and business associate, who is now Empire Entertainment’s chairman of the board.
I dont know about you all but I think Lee Daniels may have a great show on his hands and I will we tuning in when it airs finally somewhere around the end of 2014 beginning of 2015.We will keep following this story and hopefully see a visual trailer very soon.