More A-listers have joined Empire. Phylicia Rashad will star on the upcoming season, portraying DIANA DUBOIS. According to the network’s release, the role is described as
a powerhouse from one of New York’s oldest and most prominent African-American families. As the mother of ambitious city councilman Angelo Dubois (guest star Taye Diggs), she has her sights set on higher office for her only son, and she’ll stop at nothing to groom him. Diana’s interactions with Cookie, Lucious and the rest of the Lyon clan will lay bare the stark class divides that can exist, even within the black community.
Others celebs expected this season include Mariah Carey, French Montana and Birdman.
About Empire: Empire is a musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. Although filmed in Chicago, the show is based in New York and it centers on a hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founders’ family as they fight for control of the company. Empire debuted on Fox on January 7, 2015. On January 17, 2015, the series was renewed for an 18-episode second season, which premiered on September 23, 2015. On January 15, 2016, the series was renewed for a third season, which is set to premiere on September 21, 2016.
About Phylicia Rashad: A versatile performer, Phylicia Rashad became a household name with her role as “Claire Huxtable” on “The Cosby Show,” a character whose appeal has earned her numerous honors and awards for over two decades. While television was a catalyst in the rise of Rashad’s career, she has also been a force on the stage, appearing both on and Off-Broadway, often in projects that showcase her musical talent, such as “Jelly’s Last Jam,” “Into The Woods,” “Dreamgirls” and “The Wiz.” As a dramatic actress, Rashad has performed on Broadway in “August: Osage County,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Gem Of The Ocean” and “Cymbeline.” Rashad received both the Drama Desk and the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play for her riveting performance in the Broadway revival of “A Raisin In The Sun.” In film, Rashad has appeared in “Creed,” Tyler Perry’s “Good Deeds” and “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow is Enuf.”