*Taraji P. Henson will reunite with her “Hustle & Flow” co-star Terrence Howard for yet another hip-hop themed project…this time for television.
The “Person Of Interest” alum has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s “Empire,” a drama pilot from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Imagine’s Brian Grazer. Also cast in the project, written by Strong and to be directed by Daniels, is Jussie Smollet, the 30-year-old older brother of actress Jurnee Smollett.
As previously reported, “Empire” centers on Lucious Lyon (Howard), 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.
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.”
*Harold Perrineau made a name for himself on TV — appearing in “Lost,” “Oz” and “Sons of Anarchy.”
But last year he returned to his most popular film role yet as Julian in “The Best Man Holiday.”
And like the original film, he had quite a bit of comedic scene time with his co-star Terrence Howard.
So it makes sense for Perrineau to dish to BET on not only the film franchise, but his co-star Howard as well.
*If you’ve seen “The Best Man Holiday“ then this should come as no surprise.
Morris Chestnut, one of the stars of the hit film, confirmed in an interview with Jenny Boom Boom that a third movie is being written.
*Who is Terrence Howard’s wife Mira Cristine Pak?
Other than her owning a restaurant and marrying the Oscar-nominated actor after a month of dating, there’s not much the public knows about the new Mrs. Howard.
Thank goodness for associates who are willing to break the silence and give us glimpse. The U.K.’s Daily Mail was on hand to chat with a staff member at Pak’s Shabu Shabu bar in Santa Ana, California. According to the staffter, “’Mira does what she pleases, we never know when we’re going to see her.” Hence the reason why the businesswoman’s friends describe her as unpredictable.
Pak’s unpredictable behavior has done a good job of keeping her workers in the dark. So much so that Pak’s relationship with and marriage to Howard came as a complete surprise to employees. Word around the staff, which learned of Pak’s marriage via a secondary source, is that their boss has been M.I.A. since Howard married her.
‘It’s all a bit crazy, this thing with Terrence, one source told the Daily Mail. “We didn’t have a clue that she was even dating him, then we all heard that she’d married him, and now we don’t know where she is.”
The life of a woman in love. Hopefully, she’ll last longer than Terrance’s other ladies, who saw, for better or worse, the actor’s good, bad and ugly. And as we’ve come to learn, he’s unpredictable, too.
This could make for interesting watching from the sidelines, of course.