Here’s some fun casting news: Marisa Tomei is heading to “Empire” for at least a few episodes — playing a hip-hop loving lesbian billionaire.
As per Deadline:
Marisa Tomei, whose Oscar-winning role as Mona Lisa Vito in My Cousin Viinny can rival Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie in the sass department, has signed on for a multi-episode arc on the hip-hop series. She will play Mimi Whiteman, a demanding venture capitalist who becomes involved in Lyon family drama. A Forbes list billionairess, Mimi is a lover of hip hop music, social trends, high-end fashion and beautiful women.
We love us some Marisa Tomei, and this sounds like a role she could have a lot of fun with (and we could have a lot of fun watching). The second season of “Empire” starts this Fall on Fox. Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz were previously announced for guest stints, following in the season one footsteps of Jennifer Hudson, Courtney Love, Naomi Campbell, Gladys Knight and Snoop Dogg.