Academy nominated actress Taraji P. Henson and actor Terrance Howard as well as actresses Gabourey Sidibe, Jussie Smollett, actor Malik Yoba and singer/actress Macy Gray are set to star in Lee Daniel‘s Fox series

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The Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels’ television series will premiere on Fox in 2015.

Empire. EMPIRE is a sexy and powerful new drama about the head of a music empire (Terrence Howard) whose three sons and ex-wife all battle for his throne. Empire is a scripted series billed as music-heavy family drama set in the world of Hip Hop. According to reports, Grammy Award winning music artist Timbaland will produce original music for the new show.

Taraji P. Henson plays Lucious’ wife Cookie who is also his former business partner. She went to jail for dealing drugs and once she’s out, she wants what’s hers. Terrance Howard plays the main character, Lucious Lyon. He’s a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment. Malik Yoba will play Locious longtime friend Vernon Turner. He is the chairman of the board of Empire Entertainment. Gabourey Sidibe will play Becky, Luscious assistant.

We can’t wait for the series to air and are excited that Black Hollywood is having more of a role in the movie industry these days!

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