Fox’s Empire has been a smash by every metric possible, but now it may be adding to another: star power.
The series has seen its audience grow each episode since the January premiere, capping off at nearly 15 million viewers last week, and now it will be adding Common and Oprah to featured guests next season. Co-creator Lee Daniels announced the additions to Access Hollywood at a screening of the season one finale of the series in Hollywood on Thursday.
“Yes. Yeah, she’s gonna be on it,” the director said of Oprah’s inclusion. Common’s previously expressed interest in making an appearance and Daniels’ confirmed that rapper-turned-actor will show up by saying, “Common, you heard that first” without going into detail.
Daniels, who of course directed Oprah in 2013’s The Butler, had lobbied for Oprah’s addition to the cast publicly last week, and now will be getting his wish. Winfrey also co-starred with Common in last year’s Selma. Oddly enough, the 43-year-old Chicago rapper is the Oscar and Golden Globe winner of the duo, nabbing wins for his song “Glory,” with John Legend.
Check out Daniels’ interview with Access Hollywood below, and don’t forget the season one finale of Empire airs Wednesday night at 8/7c on Fox.