One of the most famous TV mothers of all time is about to play another show-stopping matriarch.
Joining the cast of Empire for season three is legendary actress Phylicia Rashad, who’ll be playing the wealthy Diana Dubois. Diana’s son, Angelo to be played by Taye Diggs, is a prominent New York politician and a new love interest for Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson).
As the mother of an ambitious city councilman, Rashad’s character has her sights set on higher office for her only son and she’ll stop at nothing to groom him—even if that means keeping her conservative son away from hooking up with the uncompromising, boisterous, “total badass” that is Cookie.
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In addition to Rashad and Diggs joining the season three cast, other guest stars are Scott Mescudi, a.k.a. Kid Cudi, playing a rapper named Gram, a rival to Hakeem (Bryshere “Yazz” Gray); French Montana as music mogul Vaughn, a member of Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) inner circle; and Mariah Carey as a singer named Kitty who joins Jamal (Jussie Smollett) in the recording studio.
Season three of “Empire” premieres on Sept. 21 at 9 p.m. on Fox.