Naomi Campbell Cast in Lee Daniels Hip Hop Drama ‘Empire’


Naomi Campbell has landed a recurring role in Lee Daniels’ upcoming FOX TV series Empire.

The new drama series set in the world of a hip-hop empire, stars Taraji P. Hensen as Cookie Lyon, the ex-wife of Terrence Howard’s character Lucious Lyon, who is the head of a record label that the drama centers around.

According to The Hollywood Reporterthe British supermodel will portray Camilla, “an alluring woman involved in a steamy affair with the much-younger Hakeem (newcomer Bryshere Gray), the potential heir to Lucious’ throne. Tasha exercises considerable influence over Hakeem.”

Campbell and Daniels are longtime friends, and the Oscar-nominated producer had nothing but good things to say of the supermodel.

“Naomi is a beautiful actress. Underrated in my mind,” said co-creator/executive producer Daniels (The Butler, Precious). “She will be wonderful as Camilla. I am truly thrilled to have one of my close friends join us.”

Campbell expressed her excitement, saying, “It’s an honor to follow in the footsteps of actresses like Halle Berry, Oprah, Gabourey Sidibe and Mo’Nique, and work with Lee Daniels. I’m looking forward to joining Lee and this amazing cast on set.”

Campbell will join the cast that also includes Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers and Malik Yoba.

Empire is expected to debut in early 2015.

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