Timbaland has signed on to write and produce the music for Lee Daniels’ Fox pilot, Empire, which stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, according to Variety. The show is a family drama set in the world of the Hip Hop industry and will feature both original and current music. 

Timbaland was a part of four of the best-selling albums last year: Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, both parts of Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience and Beyonce’s self-titled album.

Empire is billed as a family drama set in the world of a Hip Hop empire and will feature Howard portraying Lucious Lyon.  The character is “charismatic, tough, wise and a superstar in the music industry who oversees Empire Entertainment and is about to take the company public,” according to an article published by The Hollywood Reporter last month. “Raised on the streets, he has never backed away from a fight and will resort to any measures, fair or foul, to defend his beloved Empire.”

Howard appeared last year in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, which also featured David Banner, and was written by Danny Strong and was directed by Daniels. Strong is slated to write Empire, while Daniels is scheduled to make his television directing debut with the program. 

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