‘Empire’ Co-Creator Lee Daniels Shares Behind-The-Scenes Photos For Season 2

Spoiler alert! Empire co-creator Lee Daniels posted teasers of season 2, months before its release on FOX (Sept. 23). By his seventh day of shooting, Daniels’ Instagram showed prison abs and on-set appearances by rapper/producer Swizz Beatz, comedian Chris Rock, and Vogue contributing editor Andre Leon Talley. Tyra Ferrell (Boyz N the Hood, Jungle Fever) joined the hit show also.

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Cast members like Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Jussie Smollett, Yazz the Greatest (Bryshere Y. Gray), Tasha Smith, and more returned for shooting. The highly-anticipated show raked in massive ratings for its debut, so the forthcoming season will probably surpass that feat.

Look out for more behind-the-scenes footage by Daniels and the cast of Empire in the weeks to come.