Actor Terrence Howard attends the EXPERIENCE: East Meets West event hosted by the Beverly Hills chamber of commerce at Crustacean on February 5, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California

Actor Terrence Howard attends the EXPERIENCE: East Meets West event hosted by the Beverly Hills chamber of commerce at Crustacean on February 5, 2014 in Beverly Hills, California

*Terrence Howard is headed to television to topline “Empire,” Fox’s hip hop-themed drama pilot from director Lee Daniels, writer Danny Strong and Imagine TV’s Brian Grazer.

Howard will play Lucious Lyon, a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. 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.

The project extends Howard’s relationship with Fox, where he co-stars on the upcoming event series “Wayward Pines.”