Empire Season 2: Andre Royo Added as Recurring Character

The Wire‘s Andre Royo has been cast on the FOX network breakout hit Empire in the recurring role of Thirsty Rawlings, a “sharp lawyer with a charming disposition who impresses the currently-incarcerated Lucious with his unethical moves and equally shady past.” This according to TV Line.  Lucious (Terrence Howard) obviously needed a lawyer, after season 1 ended with the Feds nabbing the family patriarch for the murder of his boyhood friend, Bunkie.

Royo’s recent credits include Showtime’s Happyish and Amazon’s upcoming Hand of God.  Guest stars joining Empire season 2 include Marisa Tomei, as Mimi Whiteman, a billionaire venture capitalist who has a taste for fine ladies, and pop singer and former X Factor judge, Kelly Rowland, who will pop in as Lucious’ mom in flashbacks. Chris Rock, Alicia Keys and Lenny Kravitz are also set to guest star.

Empire premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 9/8c on FOX.

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