Forest Whitaker joins Empire Season 4
Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning actor, director and producer Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland, Arrival, Lee Daniels’ The Butler) will guest-star in a multi-episode arc on Empire Season 4, beginning this fall on FOX. Whitaker will play Uncle Eddie, a charismatic music icon and bonafide hitmaker, who gave an unknown Lucious (Terrence Howard) his first radio airplay. Decades later, Eddie steps up for Lucious at a critical moment during his rehabilitation, and a grateful Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) invites him to produce a song in celebration of Empire Entertainment’s 20th anniversary.
Empire returns Wednesday, Sept. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. On the Empire Season 4 premiere, Lucious makes his first public appearance after the explosion in Las Vegas, while all members of the Lyon family have their own interests in Lucious regaining his physical and mental faculties.
In 2016, Forest Whitaker starred in Arrival, opposite Amy Adams; and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, alongside Felicity Jones, Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna and Ben Mendelsohn. In February 2018, he will be seen in Marvel’s Black Panther, opposite Chadwick Boseman. Whitaker also had several films in production last year, including Burden, opposite Tom Wilkinson and Garrett Hedlund; The Forgiven, in which he portrays Archbishop Desmond Tutu, opposite Eric Bana; and LAByrinth, opposite Johnny Depp. He currently is filming the streaming feature How It Ends, opposite Theo James.
From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, Empire was created by Academy Award nominee Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong, and is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, Ilene Chaiken, Francie Calfo and Sanaa Hamri.
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