Malik Yoba, Gabourey Sidibe join Lee Daniels’ ‘Empire’

MalikGabbieThe upcoming hip-hop drama from Lee Daniels’, Empire, continues to round out its cast. Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson have already been cast in lead roles with Timbaland providing the score and soundtrack for the show. Now comes the news that Malik Yoba and Gabourey Sidibe will also join the cast.

According to Deadline, Yoba will play Vernon Turner, Lucious’s longtime friend from the streets and business associate who is now the chairman of the board of Empire Entertainment.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Sidbe will recur as Becky, Lucious Lyons’ (Howard) hard-working assistant.

Yoba was most recently seen on episodes of Single Ladies, Revolution and last starred on the sci-fi series Alphas. Sidibe was last seen on American Horror Story: Coven

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