Taraji P. Henson Joins Terrence Howard on Fox’s Hip-hop Drama ‘Empire’
Person of Interest star Taraji P. Henson is set to reunite with her Hustle & Flow castmate Terrence Howard for a new Fox family drama, Empire, which has been ordered to pilot with an eye toward series.
Written and executive produced by The Butler‘s Lee Daniels and Game Change‘s Danny Strong, Empire is set in the world of a hip-hop empire, where Taraji will play Cookie Lyon, the ex-wife and former business partner of music superstar Lucious Lyon (Howard).
The outrageous and over-the-top Cookie has spent 17 years in prison for dealing drugs — money she funneled directly to Lucious’ then-fledgling music empire. Now she’s been released early for good behavior and she wants what’s hers.
The Mindy Project‘s Jussie Smollet (Jurnee Smollet’s older brother) also joins the cast as Jamal Lyon, the son of Lucious who is a musical prodigy in his own right and could rise to superstardom if he desired.
As a gay man, he’s been rejected and judged by his father since childhood — which may explain why he steers clear of fame and prefers to keep his music “pure.”