Taraji P. Henson Joins Terrence Howard In Lee Daniels' 'Empire'

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 02/27/2014 | 09:00 AM EST

The hopeful series will reunite the 'Hustle & Flow' stars

Following her shocking departure from television last year, Taraji P. Henson is returning to the small screen in Lee Daniels' forthcoming series "Empire." And it looks like she'll be in good company.

The actress will be joined by Hustle & Flow co-star Terrence Howard in the family drama centered on a hip-hop empire run by a charismatic, yet tough, record exec. Henson will play ex-wife to our leading man who will stop at nothing to build up his company.

Per The Hollywood Reporter:

"The character is described as a total badass who has just been released from prison after serving 17 years for dealing drugs -- money she funneled into Lucious' then-fledgling music empire. Released for good behavior, she now wants what's hers. She's the real force behind his rise to superstardom and champions her son Jamal's (Jussie Smollett) career, but that puts her at odds with her ex, who has an issue with their son's homosexuality."

Smollett's character is described as a musical prodigy with a sensitive soul who's been rejected by his father because of his homosexual lifestyle. He possesses the talents to rise to the top of the music world, but prefers to keep his work "pure" to avoid the pitfalls of fame.

The series, which will shoot in Chicago, is penned by Danny Strong and Daniels will serve as director.

There is no word on an air date.

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