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Djay Climbs Corporate Ladder. Terrence Howard To Star In Lee Daniels Drama About Hip-Hop Empire

Djay Climbs Corporate Ladder. Terrence Howard To Star In Lee Daniels Drama About Hip-Hop Empire

Terrence Howard has landed the lead role in Lee Daniels’ collaboration with his The Butler writer, Danny Strong, and super producer Brian Grazer – a hip hop drama series titled Empire, which is set up at FOX TV.

The project, which reportedly sparked a bidding war among the 4 major broadcast networks last year, received a pilot commitment from FOX, and is described as a drama about a family-run hip-hop empire.

Danny Strong and Daniels are co-writing the pilot script, which Daniels will direct, with Strong, Daniels, Grazer and Francie Calfo executive producing. 

Howard will play a Lucious Lyon, a charismatic, but tough chief of a record label titled Empire Entertainment, which is on the verge of an IPO.

No stranger to TV, Howard most recently was a series regular on NBC’s short-lived Law & Order spin-off, Law & Order: LA. Up next, he’s also joined the cast M. Night Shyamalan’s Wayward Pineswhich is also set up at FOX TV, and is set for a July debut.

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I'm trying to figure out if I'll be able to sit through a movie where the main character is a man called "Luscious" with a straight face.

Odds are not good.


The fact that Lee Daniels had something to do with this really does nothing to boost my interest. And just when I thought I might give it a try (I want to know what the bidding war was all about), I read, "Howard will play a Lucious Lyon" – no. Not at all. Who wants to see this? Is there a demand for this?


I'm amazed that there was a bidding war for this piece – I've read it and I'm embarrassed
by the portrayal of black life and attitudes – it is an incredible rehashing of the worst cliches about hip hop and black life. Maybe Mr Howard will insist on rewrites!


Yes. Go with danny, don't include no black writers Lee. How bout you and Terrence get it over with and get married eh?


sounds alot like two projects that came out 10 years ago, one was called "G", the other was called, uh……."EMPIRE". no joke.


Not crazy about the plot. Haven't we seen this already? But Lee Daniel and Terrence Howard sounds like an interesting team.

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