The new season will feature a number of guest stars, including Mariah Carey, Phylicia Rashad, Taye Diggs, French Montana, and Sierra McClain. The regular cast includes Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, and Bryshere Y. Gray.
Discussing the upcoming season, co-creator Lee Daniels said the focus will be on the Lyons:
Whichever way this turns out, everybody in the Lyon family will be affected in a huge way. In Season 3 we’re putting the focus where it belongs—fully on the Lyons. That’s what made us a hit to begin with.”
Taraji P. Henson added that Cookie is done with Lucious after he married Anika:
Cookie understood why Lucious had to do it, but he was so quick to save his own stank ass that it broke her heart. C’mon, when you’re in love, you find another way. There was no fight. He just gave up on her—and Cookie spent 17 years in jail to protect him! Now she’s done with that slithering snake.”
Season three of Empire premieres tonight, September 21st, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
What do you think? Do you watch Empire? Are you excited about the new season?