Watch The New Trailer for Fox’s Hip-Hop Drama ‘Empire’
Empire premieres in January 2015 on Fox.
From The Butler’s Lee Daniels and Danny Strong,Empire stars Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, the ex-wife of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), who heads the hip-hop record label at the center of the series. Gabourey Sidibe also stars, along with new addition Courtney Love.
Back in May, Daniels told The Hollywood Reporter that he intended “to make a black Dynasty. You sit there and go, ‘No, this bitch didn’t! Oh my f—ing God!’ ”
The minute-long teaser opens with Lucious sharing his life story, before it’s revealed that he is suffering a life-crippling disease that could change his life in a matter of a few years. “It was the music that saved my life,” he says, before the powerful music mogul tells his grown children to “man up” and take charge of his empire.
And as if on cue, Cookie barges in: “Don’t forget me baby. I want half my company back!” Looks like Lucious is going to have his hands full.
Watch the trailer below. [via THR]
Empire is an upcoming musical drama television series about a music empire. The hip-hop family drama project from Lee Daniels andDanny Strong received a series order from the Fox network on May 6, 2014. Stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson andGabourey Sidibe filmed the pilot in Chicago in March 2014. The series will premiere in spring 2015.
Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) is the king of hip-hop. An immensely talented artist, the CEO of Empire Entertainment and a former street thug, his reign has been unchallenged for years. But all that changes, when he learns he has a disease that is going to render him crippled and incapacitated in a matter of three years. The clock is ticking, and he must groom one of his three sons to takeover his crowning achievement, without destroying his already fractured family.
Lucious’ favorite is his youngest son, Hakeem (Bryshere Gray), a gifted musician and a spoiled playboy who values fame over hardwork. The middle son, Jamal (Jussie Smollett), is a sensitive soul and musical prodigy who, unlike Hakeem, shies away from the spotlight. Jamal also happens to be gay, which infuriates and embarasses his father. Andre (Trai Byers), the eldest son, is CFO of Empire Entertainment. Wharton-educated with a brilliant business mind, Andre lacks the charisma that Lucious believes is crucial to running the company. But in this quest for power, Andre is assisted by his manipulative and like-minded wife, Rhonda (Kaitlin Doubleday).
As Lucious prompts his sons to vie for the empire, his plans are thrown into choas when his ex-wife, Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), mysteriously emerges seven years early from prison, where she’s been for almost two decades. Brash and fearless, she sees herself as the sacrifical lamb who built an empire with Lucious and then took the fall for running the drugs that financed Lucious’ early career.
For now, Lucious remains firmly in control of Empire Entertainment. He is attended to by his hard-working assistant, Becky (Gabourey Sidibe), and relies on longtime friend and Chairman of the Board Vernon Turner (Malik Yoba) for advice and support. He relies on a whole more from Anika Gibbons (Grace Gealey), the head of A&R for Empire and his current girlfriend.
As the Lyons slug it out, an emotional chess game begins that will either cause the family’s destruction or redemption. Lives and loves will be lost as the complicated family will come together and fall apart over the elusive throne, all set to an original soundtrack written and produced by Timbaland.