Terrence Howard Joins EMPIRE

Terrence Howard Joins EMPIRE

Chicago. Hip hop. Major Hollywood projects. Terrence Howard is well-versed in all three, making his next role a perfect fit... The Chicago-Cleveland native and Academy Award nominee will be starring in the Lee Daniels hip-hop series EMPIRE, set to begin shooting its pilot in Chicago next month.

Howard will headline EMPIRE as Lucious Lyon, a music superstar on the verge of taking his company, Empire Entertainment, public. The official character description for Lucious reads, "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."

It's a welcome return for Howard to the hip-hop genre. Howard earned an Academy Award nomination for his career-vaulting turn as DJay in the 2005 Craig Brewer pic HUSTLE & FLOW.

Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels (PRECIOUS) will direct the pilot for 20th Century Fox Television and Imagine. Executive producers are Brian Grazer, Daniels, screenwriter Danny Strong and Francie Calfo.

More on this series as it unfolds...

Mike McNamara is the Co-Founder of The Midwest Independent Film Festival, www.midwestfilm.org. Mike pays his rent as an actor in Chicago in theatre, commercials, television and film. More from Mac at www.findmac.com.