UPDATED: Gabourey Sidibe is set as a recurring in Fox’s hip-hop industry drama pilot Empire, from Lee Daniels, Danny Strong and Brian Grazer, while Trai Byers and Grace Gealey have signed on as series regulars. It centers on Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a charismatic, savvy music superstar who is about to take his company, Empire Entertainment, public. Sidibe, repped by UTA, Jill Kaplan and Fred Toczek, will play Becky, Lucious’ (Howard) hard-working assistant. The role marks a reunion for Sidibe with Daniels, who directed her in Precious, and with 20th Century Fox TV, for whom she recently starred in American Horror Story: Coven. Byers, repped by ICM Partners and Wishlab, will play Andre, Lucious’ oldest son, described as a tall, brilliant and compelling individual with a dark side, and Gealey, with Paonessa Talent Agency, will play Anika, the head of A&R for Empire and Lucious’ current lady friend.
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Andrew Lees has landed a regular series role on TBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot Your Family Or Mine, from Greg Malins, Sony Pictures TV and Jamie Tarses’ studio-based Fanfare. The project is based on hit Israeli comedy series Your Family Or Mine? from leading broadcaster Keshet. Lees, repped by Resolution, Silver Lining Entertainment, and United management in Australia, will play Blake, the good looking younger brother.
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