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Forest Whitaker 'Stuns' in 'Empire' Guest Role According to Lee Daniels

Forest Whitaker in Empire

He’s got the Midas touch. Oscar winner Forest Whitaker joins Empire on October 4 for a multi-episode arc as “Uncle Eddie” Barker, a celebrated composer and producer with a badass ability to turn out gold records.

It was Eddie who gave a once-struggling Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) his first break in the music biz. And, now that superstar Lucious is down on his luck and suffering from amnesia, Eddie is nobly stepping up again—this time to help the Lyon family’s financially troubled record label. “

Forest is going to stun you,” says exec producer Lee Daniels. “I’ve admired the guy forever—and even directed him in The Butler—but I had no idea he could sing so beautifully. And he has really made Terrence step up his game. Acting with Forest is like getting into the ring with Ali.”

Empire, Wednesdays, 8/7c, Fox