Person of Interest’s Taraji P Henson Lands New Role Starring With Fellow ‘Hustle and Flow’ Alum Terrance Howard!
She’ll reunite with her “Hustle & Flow” co-star Terrence Howard and play his ex-wife, while Jussie Smollet will portray one of their sons.
Fox’s hip-hop drama Empire is staging a Hustle & Flow reunion.
Person ofInterest alum Taraji P. Henson has landed the female lead in Fox’s Lee Daniels andDanny Strong drama Empire, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. On Our Own alumJussie Smollett is also attached to star.
In the family drama set in the world of a hip-hop empire, Henson will play Cookie Lyon, the ex-wife of Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), the head of a record label at the center of the drama. The character is described as a total badass who has just been released from prison after serving 17 years for dealing drugs — money she funneled into Lucious’ then-fledgling music empire. Released for good behavior, she now wants what’s hers. She’s the real force behind his rise to superstardom and champions her son Jamal’s (Smollett) career, but that puts her at odds with her ex, who has an issue with their son’s homosexuality.
The casting marks Henson’s follow-up role after her character on CBS’ procedural Person of Interest was shockingly killed off earlier this season. Empire serves as a reunion between Henson and Howard, who played one another’s love interests in John Singleton‘s 2005 rap drama Hustle & Flow. Henson, whose credits also include Boston Legal and The Division, earned an Oscar nomination for her supporting role in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
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