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


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.


- Eric Eidelstein


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