Taraji P. Henson will join Terrence Howard in Lee Daniels’ hip-hip drama, ‘Empire.’ The Fox pilot will mark Lee Daniels’ TV debut and follows the success of his feature movies “Precious” and “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.”
“Empire” will be a family drama set in the vicious hip-hop industry. Howard will play a charismatic, yet tough chief of a record label Lucius Lyon, as a man coming from nothing and on the verge of taking his record label, Empire Entertainment, public. Henson will star as Howard’s vengeful ex-wife, Cookie Lyon, who spent almost 20 years in prison for drug trafficking-and used to money to finance Lucious’ growing music empire-is now out of prison and coming to get what’s hers! Jussie Smollet (the older brother of actress Jurnee Smollett) will play their son, Jamal, a fledgling rapper himself, who is gay – something that’s a problem for Lucious.
The series is written and co-created by Danny Strong (who also wrote “The Butler”), super producer Brian Grazer, with Daniels serving as director and Francie Calfo, executive producing.
This should be a great drama series, so let the family drama begin!