Yet another notable film actor is forging a path to the small screen, as Terrence Howard has earned another television role, now slated to topline the FOX drama ‘Empire.’
Howard, who has been seen on the big screen recently in the dramas ‘Prisoners,’ ‘Dead Man Down,’ and ‘The Butler,’ will star in the series developed by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong.
The creative team of Daniels and Strong led the production of the mostly-acclaimed ‘The Butler,’ which was based on the true story of an Afircan American man who served in the White House across several decades and numerous Presidents; Howard was among an impressive ensemble cast (he drank and smoked cigarettes alongside Oprah Winfrey in some more memorable scenes).
Now he will find himself in different kind of family drama, as Howard is to portray Lucious Lyon, a charming, savvy, and tough-minded head of a hip-hop record label. He is ready to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public, and having been raised on the streets and grown to be hardened and determined, he will do whatever is necessary to succeed.
Howard can also be seen on a FOX series this summer, as he stars in M. Night Shyamalan’s forthcoming drama ‘Wayward Pines.’
Strong is set to write the series, while Daniels will direct to the pilot in his television debut. Both men wrote the pilot, and will produce alongside Brian Glazer and Francie Calfo.