Oprah, Common Planned for Empire Season 2, Says Co-Creator Lee Daniels: Details

Common and Oprah may appear in the next season of Empire Jason Merritt/Getty Images

The dynasty continues. Fox’s Empire is quickly taking over Wednesday night television, and the talked-about show just got even more exciting.

Oscar-nominated co-creator Lee Daniels hyped two major additions to the cast this week, teasing a second season set to outpace the first. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Daniels, 55, revealed that he’s been working on convincing his Lee Daniels’ The Butler collaborator Oprah Winfrey to go on the show.

“I’m wearing her down!” he said, with Winfrey herself adding, “I tell him, ‘Lee, it’s not enough that you’ve taken every viewer possible on Wednesday night. Now you want me to leave my own network?'”

While a deal isn’t solidified yet, Daniels has big plans for Winfrey, 61, as he said just days later that the mogul will indeed appear on Empire.

Empire Cast
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“Yes. Yeah. She’s gonna be on it,” he told Access Hollywood on Thursday, March 12. In the same chat, he revealed that he’s writing a role for rapper Common, who recently won an Oscar with John Legend for their Selma song “Glory.”

“Oh yeah, for sure,” Daniels told Access Hollywood of Common’s involvement. “For absolutely sure. We’re gonna have a good time.”

The hyped new stars will add to Empire‘s already star-studded cast. The celebrated drama about Empire Entertainment, which has been a hit with critics and viewers alike, features Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, and Kaitlin Doubleday, among others.

Common and Oprah recently appeared together in the Oscar-nominated Selma. The musician, 42, played SCLC activist James Bevel, while Oprah starred as Alabama-based civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper. 

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