FOX has giving Lee Daniels and Danny Strong the green light for their Hip-Hop drama Empire. Apparently they were so impressed with Empire’s pilot episode that they’ve ordered it to become a full series to offset their Batman prequel.
Empire will star Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson while Lee Daniels will serve as the director. Lee Daniels and Danny Strong both serve as executive producers and writers of the series. Howard and Henson are no strangers to the hip hop scene as they both appeared in the movie “Hustle & Flow.”
Empire is described as a family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire. It centers on Lucious Lyon, who is played by Terrance Howard, a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. Raised on the streets, he has never backed away from a fight and will resort to any measures, fair or foul, to defend his beloved Empire. Taraji P. Henson plays Cookie Lyon, Lucious’ ex-wife and former business partner.
This should be quite interesting with Lee Daniels directing, Howard and Henson back at it, and Timbaland slated to score the series. Stay tuned for more details.