'Empire' To Take On More Racial Storylines During Second Season

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 06/22/2015 | 09:00 AM EDT

A casting notice reveals producers are looking for actors to portray members of the Aryan Brotherhood

If you were looking for any more drama to add to your weekly viewing of "Empire," just wait on it. Producers of the hit Fox series are writing in a racial storyline for the second season. 


Fans of the show picked up on a notice from Project Casting that asked for actors to portray members of the Aryan Brotherhood, a white supremacist prison gang. It's assumed Lucious Lyon (played by Terrence Howard) will come in contact with the group, as the first season ended with the music exec being arrested for the murder of Marcus "Bunkie" Williams.


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The notice states:


"ROLES: ARYAN BROTHERHOOD PRISONERS, Caucasian, Male, Ages 21-55, hard looking, tattoos, blonde hair & bald heads, stereotypical Aryan looks (Look up the movie American History X to see if you fit the look).


NOTE: (We understand this is sensitive subject material, it is a role, so only submit if you are comfortable playing this type of inmate)."


In a March interview with The Hollywood Reporter, co-creator Lee Daniels said he was looking to get away from the "opulence" of the first season and incorporate more of the "poorer-class African-American experience." It's clear the show is set to push some of the glitz and glamour to the back while taking on more serious issues.


"Empire" will return Sept. 23.


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