Trai Byers
Trai Byers

*Trai Byers (“All My Children”) and Grace Gealey have signed on as series regulars for Fox’s hip-hop themed drama pilot “Empire.”

The series stars Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public.

Byers will play Andre, Lucious’ oldest son, described as a tall, brilliant and compelling individual with a dark side. Gealey will play Anika, the head of A&R for Empire and Lucious’ current lady friend.

Grace Gealey
Grace Gealey (Photo: Paul; Smith –

The pair join recent hires Gabourey Sidibe, who will recur as Lucious’ hard-working assistant Becky, and Malik Yoba as his head longtime friend from the streets and business associate who is now Empire Entertainment’s chairman of the board.

Taraji P Henson stars as Lucious’ ex wife and Jussie Smollett plays their gay middle son.

The pilot is from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer.

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