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Lee Daniels' Fox Hip-Hop Pilot 'Empire' Casts Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard As Leads

Photo of Eric Eidelstein By Eric Eidelstein | Indiewire February 26, 2014 at 2:34PM

Taraji P. Henson ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) will star alongside Terrence Howard in Lee Daniels' hip-hip drama 'Empire.' The Fox pilot will mark Lee Daniel's TV debut and follows the success of his features "Precious" and "The Butler."
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Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard
Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard

Taraji P. Henson ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) will star alongside Terrence Howard in Lee Daniels' hip-hip drama, 'Empire.' The Fox pilot will mark Lee Daniels' TV debut and follows the success of his features "Precious" and "Lee Daniels' The Butler." 

"Empire" will be a family drama set in the vicious hip-hop industry. Howard will play Lucius Lyon, a man coming from nothing who is on the verge of taking his record company, Empire Entertainment, public. Henson will star as Howard's vengeful ex-wife, who spent almost 20 years in prison for drug trafficking. Jussie Smollet will play their son. 

The series is written and co-created by Danny Strong (who also wrote "The Butler"), with Daniels serving as director. 

This article is related to: Television, TV News, Lee Daniels , Empire, FOX Broadcasting, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence Howard







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