While Lee Daniels originally had Snipes in mind for the role, star Taraji P. Henson asked him to approach her Hustle & Flow co-star Terrence Howard, whom he worked with on The Butler. Taraji says, 'I really want to do this role with Terrence Howard,'' Daniels said.
And you thought Empire was going to start taking itself seriously with Season Two. Well, no, obviously you didn't - the last thing this marvelously nonsensical ratings blockbuster would ever do is get respectable on us. Empire has stepped up the crazy in its sophomore season - and that was exactly the right move to make.
This story first appeared in the Sept. 25 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe. A dozen Empire writers are perched around a cluttered conference table in Beverly Hills when one of the series' youngest voices clears her throat.
Last year's breakout hit returns. "You're turning into your daddy" Truer words could not have been said, Cookie. Empire's Wednesday night return very much capitalized on the idea that Jamal is becoming Lucious 2.0, and his soul is being chipped away bit by bit as a result.
Empire is an American drama television series which debuted on Fox on January 7, 2015. It centers on a hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founders' family as they fight for control of the company.
In the immortal words of Lucious Lyon, "game over, bitches." While we all debate how long Empire's run will last, all that ultimately matters is the now. And right now it's being reported that last night's second season premiere ratings just continued Empire's trend of hauling in a jaw-dropping number of viewers to go with the jaw-dropping twists.
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At this point, you know you're going to be screaming at the TV screen throughout the entirety of Empire, right? The midseason finale-which, sadly, is the last episode we're getting until practically APRIL (March 30, to be exact)-delivered plenty in that respect, plus about a million guest stars.