Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is headed to the small screen as he joins EMPIRE in a recurring role for season four. He joins Demi Moore who has also signed on for a recurring role after making an appearance in the season three finale.
Whitaker will play Uncle Eddie, a charismatic music icon and bonafide hitmaker, who gave an unknown Lucious his first radio airplay years ago. Decades later, Eddie steps up for Lucious at a critical moment during his rehabilitation, and a grateful Cookie invites him to produce a song in celebration of Empire Entertainment’s 20th anniversary.
Empire has previously had visits from such big names as Mariah Carey, Rosie O’Donnell, Eva Longoria, Marisa Tomei, Naomi Campbell, Rumer Willis, Courtney Love, Kelly Rowland, and Chris Rock.
Whitaker has appeared on such television shows as the Roots remake, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, The Shield, and ER. He starred in last year’s Arrival and Rogue One, and will next be seen in Black Panther.
He is repped by WME.
Emily J | Staff Writer