EXCLUSIVE: Terrence Howard, who stars as the ruthless patriarch Lucious Lyon on Fox’s mega-hit series Empire, has come aboard YA romantic drama Life in a Year, directed by Mitja Okorn for Overbrook Entertainment. Stony Blyden (Hunter StreetHope Springs Eternal) has landed a supporting role, joining Jaden Smith and Cara Delevingne in the film written Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews.

Howard will play the proud, no-nonsense father of Daryn (Smith). Daryn falls for punkish girl Isabelle, who has been diagnosed with cancer and given a year to live. He sets out to give her a full life in the little time they have. Blyden plays Kiren, Daryn’s talkative, girl-obsessed and loyal best friend.

Marc Bienstock is producing along with Overbrook, and production is slated to being this spring.

Howard, an Oscar nominee for his lead role in 2005’s Hustle & Flow, also recently cwas ast in Michael Carney’s crime thriller Thirty Eight, along with Paula Patton and Mike Epps. He’s repped by CAA.

Blyden is repped by Joseph Le Talent Agency and Marque Entertainment.