Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker will soon be starring on the small screen, having been cast in the fourth season of FOX’s Empire in a multi-episode arc.
Whitaker will portray Uncle Eddie, a “charismatic music icon and bonafide hitmaker, who gave an unknown Lucious (Terrence Howard) his first radio airplay. Decades later, Eddie steps up for Lucious at a critical moment during his rehabilitation, and a grateful Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) invites him to produce a song in celebration of Empire Entertainment’s 20th anniversary.”
Empire is set to return on Wednesday, September 27 in the 8:00 – 9:00 PM timeslot. The premiere picks up as Lucious makes his first public appearance after the explosion in Las Vegas, while all members of the Lyon family have their own interests in Lucious regaining his physical and mental faculties.
Apart from his guest role on Empire, Whitaker has several other projects lined up in the coming months. He will reprise his Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role of Saw Gerrera in the final season of Star Wars Rebels and will appear in Marvel’s Black Panther as Zuri, a religious leader in Wakanda. He is currently filming How It Ends alongside Theo James for Netflix.