It's exactly two months until the second season of music drama Empire returns and FOX are really going into overdrive promoting the upcoming season as well with a slew of cast pictures, behind the scenes videos, casting announcement and of course a newly trailer.
First of all, FOX have released this rather on point promotional picture of warring exes, Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson) sitting on thrones and posing with lions. I assume that one with Jamal, Andre and Hakeem posing with cubs perhaps is probably rather imminent but it's a nice way of capturing the tone for the second season, which assuming to Danny Strong will be "warring kingdoms". Looks like this show might be venturing into Game Of Thrones style territory with that theme.
Yesterday however a trailer dropped for the new season and while it was only thirty second long, it did show Lucious in prison, Cookie in a cage, Andre and Cookie in cahoot and both Jamal and Hakeem performing and recording at different points along with Anika looking particularly scheming. Over the next few weeks, I imagine we will be getting far more spoilery trailers but as a taster, that was a good start.
As for guest stars, the second season seems to be overflowing with them. Already we know that Adam Rodriguez is playing Laz Delgado, a potential love interest for Cookie while Marisa Tomei is playing Mimi Whiteman. Kelly Rowland was also confirmed as Lucious's mother for a flashback sequence with Chris Rock as a fellow inmate while Andre Royo will be Lucious's lawyer, Thirsty Rawlings while Ludacris, Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz and Tyra Ferrell have undisclosed roles for now. Meanwhile both Gabourey Sidibe and Ta'Rhonda Jones have been elevated as regulars and the show itself will run for 18 episodes this season.
Season 2 Spoilers/Trailer: http://www.spoilertv.com/search/label/Empire
Empire Season 2 will air Wednesdays 9pm on FOX from September 23rd and will air on E4 for UK viewers shortly afterwards.