“Do You Want To Be A King?” Watch The Trailer For The New Series, “Empire” Starring Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson

There are a wealth of new shows coming to TV this fall, and we’re happy to say that quite a few have black leads. One such example is the new drama from FOX called “Empire,” starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson.

According to Shadow and Act, the show stars Howard as Lucious Lyon, the head of the record label Empire Entertainment, which is on the verge of an IPO. Aka, big money, big money money money money. Henson is Cookie (yes, Cookie) Lyon, the ex-wife of Lucious who was just released from prison after 17 years for dealing drugs, and drug money she acquired helped Lucious start his label. Of course, she is back and looking to claim what is hers out of his megahit label.

And to cap off the drama, there is beef between Lucious’ sons, Jamal (played by Jurnee Smollett’s brother Jussie), Hakeem (played by Bryshere Y. Gray), and Andre (played by Trai Byers), as they struggle with one another over their father’s empire. And did we mention that Lucious has only three years left to live because of cancer?

Talk about drama. I will say, the first minute or so of the trailer is a bit on the corny side, but as it went on, I saw a lot of potential for the drama. The show is directed by Lee Daniels, and The Butler writer, Danny Strong, is also working on it. Other guest roles include Gabourey Sidibe as Lucious’ assistant, Becky, and Macy Gray as a woman having an affair with Hakeem.

Check out the trailer for yourself and let us know if you think you will give it a chance, and why or why not.

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