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Djay Climbs Corporate Ladder. Terrence Howard To Star In Lee Daniels Drama About Hip-Hop Empire

by Tambay A. Obenson
February 19, 2014 3:03 PM
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Terrence Howard has landed the lead role in Lee Daniels' collaboration with his The Butler writer, Danny Strong, and super producer Brian Grazer - a hip hop drama series titled Empire, which is set up at FOX TV.

The project, which reportedly sparked a bidding war among the 4 major broadcast networks last year, received a pilot commitment from FOX, and is described as a drama about a family-run hip-hop empire.

Danny Strong and Daniels are co-writing the pilot script, which Daniels will direct, with Strong, Daniels, Grazer and Francie Calfo executive producing. 

Howard will play a Lucious Lyon, a charismatic, but tough chief of a record label titled Empire Entertainment, which is on the verge of an IPO.

No stranger to TV, Howard most recently was a series regular on NBC's short-lived Law & Order spin-off, Law & Order: LA. Up next, he's also joined the cast M. Night Shyamalan's Wayward Pineswhich is also set up at FOX TV, and is set for a July debut.

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  • Donella | February 20, 2014 11:01 AMReply

    I'm trying to figure out if I'll be able to sit through a movie where the main character is a man called "Luscious" with a straight face.

    Odds are not good.

  • Shanae | February 20, 2014 7:48 AMReply

    The fact that Lee Daniels had something to do with this really does nothing to boost my interest. And just when I thought I might give it a try (I want to know what the bidding war was all about), I read, "Howard will play a Lucious Lyon" - no. Not at all. Who wants to see this? Is there a demand for this?

  • curious1 | February 19, 2014 7:27 PMReply

    I'm amazed that there was a bidding war for this piece - I've read it and I'm embarrassed
    by the portrayal of black life and attitudes - it is an incredible rehashing of the worst cliches about hip hop and black life. Maybe Mr Howard will insist on rewrites!

  • Dave's Deluxe | February 19, 2014 7:38 PM

    The bidding war was to cash in on the names involved, not the script. The script was secondary.

  • stp | February 19, 2014 3:54 PMReply

    Yes. Go with danny, don't include no black writers Lee. How bout you and Terrence get it over with and get married eh?

  • Ed | February 19, 2014 3:51 PMReply

    sounds alot like two projects that came out 10 years ago, one was called "G", the other was called, uh......."EMPIRE". no joke.

  • Troy | February 22, 2014 12:07 AM

    G was based on the Great Gatsby and Empire was about drug dealing.

  • Edwina | February 19, 2014 3:33 PMReply

    Not crazy about the plot. Haven't we seen this already? But Lee Daniel and Terrence Howard sounds like an interesting team.

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