Starring: Terrence Howard, Bryshere Gray, Jussie Smollett, Trai Byers, Taraji P. HensonIn Theaters: January 7, 2015Runtime: 42 min 7.6
Despite following in the footsteps of dramatic criminal epics like the Godfather, Empire is set in the cut throat world of music rather than in traditional organized crime circles. Lucious Lyon is a ruthless businessman and head of Empire Entertainment. But when Lyon receives a prognosis that he only has three years left to live, the careful balance of politics that have kept him in power begin to unravel. Lyon must choose which of his three sons will take over his dynasty, but his enemies aren't standing idly by while he decides to who he will pass the torch, and the emergence of his ex-wife Cookie further complicates matters.