20 Feb 2014
Stage and screen actor Terrence Howard, an Oscar nominee for "Hustle & Flow," has signed on to star in the Fox drama pilot "Empire," according to Deadline.com.
Howard will reunite with "Lee Daniels' The Butler" director Lee Daniels and writer Danny Strong, who will respectively direct and write "Empire."
"Empire" is described as "a unique family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire. It centers on Lucious Lyon (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."
20th Century Fox TV and Imagine TV are producing with Strong, Daniels, Grazer and Francie Calfo as executive producers.
Howard has been seen on Broadway in the 2008 revival of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.