Jussie Smollett is stepping behind the camera. On the upcoming season of Empire, Jussie, who plays the role of Jamal Lyon, will be directing the 14th episode of the season. He explains,
It’s the first episode after the break, which is good because everybody’s going to come back and be all rested and really nice, I hope…I’ve been shadowing Sanna very closely and basically calling up every director that I know like John Singleton, Debbie Allen and Mario Van Peebles and just being like, ‘Please what can you tell me?’
They just give me amazing advice, even down to shot advice. Just what to do. Directing as a television guest director is very different than directing film…there’s certain rules and protocol…I’m so excited to start with Empire, my family. I feel like I’ll be taken care of.
And in other TV news, Luke James is taking his talent to STAR. The singer, who most recently co-starred on BET’s The New Edition Story, will appear on the upcoming season. The showrunner Karin Gist, said viewers can look forward to the characters,
Battling to stay together and using their ‘Wonder Woman’ bracelets to battle a love triangle with this awesome new character played by Luke James.
Empire returns Wednesday, September 27 at 8 p.m. on Fox.