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TV Casting Updates: Gabourey Sidibe and Malik Yoba Cast in Lee Daniels' 'Empire,' Mehcad Brooks Joins 'Identity'

by Jai Tiggett
March 10, 2014 4:05 PM
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Gabourey Sidibe

Gabourey Sidibe is set to reunite with Precious director Lee Daniels for a recurring role in Empire, Daniels' upcoming hip hop drama for Fox

As previously announced, the project stars Terrance Howard as Lucious Lyon, a charismatic but tough chief of a record label titled Empire Entertainment, which is on the verge of an IPO.

Sidibe will play Howard's hard-working assistant Becky.

Also announced this weekend, Malik Yoba will appear in the series as Vernon Turner, Lucious's longtime friend from the streets and business associate who is now the chairman of the board of Empire.

Mehcad Brooks

Sidibe and Yoba join a star-studded cast that already includes Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett

Mehcad Brooks (Necessary Roughness, True Blood) has been cast in the CW drama Identity.

The pilot focuses on a family with suspected ties to domestic terrorism. Brooks is set to play Brennan, a driven, unorthodox CIA agent.

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  • @JayTeeDee | March 11, 2014 8:58 AMReply

    Well good for Malik Yoba

  • Tony DJSOUL Dobson | March 11, 2014 1:44 AMReply

    Congratulations, Lee Daniels on what looks like another EPIC piece!
    Please bring me on board to introduce some of the hottest LGBTQ recording artists in the industry ... NO, I am not referring to Frank Ocean; no dis intended.

  • beemooree | March 10, 2014 8:57 PMReply

    Good for Gabby. Glad she is working

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