The TV show barn-burner “Empire” has been on an unprecedented run of seven consecutive weeks of increased ratings, something that has never happened in the history of the Nielsen Ratings.
What is also perhaps unprecedented is the public discussion about the original cast members, included who was going to play which role, which is ultimately a testament to the cultural influence and power that “Empire” wields today.
Another signification of “Empire” explosive popularity? Every other day is a story or controversy surrounding the show — from 50 Cent hating on the show as a rip off of his cable show “Power,” to Taraji P. Henson’s slick retort, to Mo’Nique’s claim that she was offered the role of Cookie first, to Lee Daniel saying she was “blackballed,” to Daniel’s co-creator saying that Mo’Nique was never going to get that role.
And now, word has circulated that the original casting ideas of the show looks nothing like it does today.
Who was going to play the role of Lucious, now occupied by Terrence Howard, as well as his son.