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Oprah Lee Daniels And The Rest Of The Cast

We simply cannot wait for the September 21, 2016 for the Empire TV to return! The season 1 premiere made history last year and we’re expecting the same when the show returns.

Cast Empire TV Show Fox
Cast Empire TV Show Fox

This past March, Empire’s Lee Daniels stated that season two would feature guest appearances from Common and Oprah Winfrey. Empire fans went crazy!  Oprah, Empire’s Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson!? The episode would be simply the best.

Everyone wants to know which talented stars will be included in season 2’s cast. Empire’s producer Lee Daniels recently explained that Oprah Winfrey will not be in Empire this season yet she will be featured in the 3rd season of Empire.

Oprah is working on the OWN series Queen Sugar and she is also doing the Richard Pryor movie, which Empire’s Lee Daniels is directing.  “We just couldn’t fit her into the schedule.  She really wanted to do the show” Daniels explains.

The Empire Series will feature guest stars like Alicia Keys and Mariah Carey yet we have to wait until season 3 for Oprah Winfrey. Empire will also include the following guest stars this season:

  • Al Sharpton will play himself
  • Alicia Keys will play herself
  • André Leon Talley will play himself
  • Becky G will play Valentina[15]
  • Chris Rock will play Frank Gather
  • Don Lemon will play himself
  • Kelly Rowland will play Leah Walker
  • Lenny Kravitz will play himself
  • Ludacris will play Officer McKnight
  • Mariah Carey’s role has not been announced yet
  • Mo McRae will play J-Poppa
  • Petey Pablo will play himself 
  • Pitbull will play himself
  • Swiss Beatz will play himself
  • Veronika Bozeman will play Veronica
  • Vivica A. Fox will play Cookie’s sister

Cast Empire TV Show Fox
Cast Empire TV Show Fox

With or without Oprah Empire will be amazing this season.  Aside from Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, the Empire series will be lead by Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers and Bryshere Gray.  These five make up the Lyon family.  The entire main cast is as follows:

  • Bryshere Y. Gray will play Hakeem Lyon
  • Gabourey Sidibe will play Becky Williams
  • Grace Gealey will play Anika Calhoun
  • Jussie Smollett will play Jamal Lyon
  • Kaitlin Doubleday will play Rhonda Lyon
  • Serayah McNeill will play Tiana Brown
  • Ta’Rhonda Jones will play Porsha Taylor
  • Taraji P. Henson will play Cookie Lyon
  • Terrence Howard will play Lucious Lyon
  • Trai Byers will play Andre Lyon
Empire’s recurring characters will include:

  • Adam Busch will play Chase One
  • Adam Rodriguez will play Laz Delgado
  • Andre Royo will play Thirsty Rawlings
  • Bre-Z will play Freda Gatz
  • Jamila Velazquez’s role has not been announced yet
  • Marisa Tomei will play Mimi Whiteman
  • Naomi Campbell will play Camilla Marks
  • Rafael de La Fuente will play Michael Sanchez
  • Raquel Castro’s role has not been announced yet 
  • Tyra Ferrell will play Roxanne Ford
  • Yani Marin will play Carmen

By Jason John

Jason John is based in Maryland and covers Empire BBK’s News and Entertainment. He was previously a producer for the mobile site, helping to present Empire BBK’s news report to readers. More