How's this for a 'Precious' reunion? Gabourey Sidibe is set to recur in FOX’s hip-hop industry drama pilot 'Empire,' which will reunite her with director Lee Daniels.
The 20th Century Fox Television family drama from Daniels and Danny Strong (the duo behind Daniels' 'The Butler') takes place in the hip-hop world and centers on Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a charming, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public.
Taraji P. Henson stars as Cookie Lyon, his ex-wife, who is the head of a record label at the center of all the drama, and who also happens to have been just released from jail for dealing drugs -- money she funneled into the company. Now, she's out and she wants a piece of the pie. Sounds intense!
Sidibe, an Oscar-nominee for her role in Daniels' 'Precious,' will play Becky, Lucious' "hard-working" assistant. She joins Malik Yoa and Jussie Smollet, who will star as Lucious' long-time friend and business associate and teenage son, respectively.
Brian Grazer will exec-produce alongside Daniels, Strong and Francie Calfo, with Daniels making his TV directing debut with the pilot, which was written by Strong.
Sidibe is coming off a successful run in FX's latest season of 'American Horror Story: Coven,' and also had a supporting role on Showtime's 'The Big C.'