Over The Weekend (Vol. 2): T.I. Cast In ‘Roots’ Remake, Transgender Woman Cast In ‘Empire’ Spinoff

By: William Lawson

Here’s round two of what you missed over the weekend!

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Looks like T.I.‘s acting career is on the rise. The rapper has acted before in feature films like Identity Thief alongside Melissa McCarthy, Takers, Ant-Man, and the upcoming Ride Along 2 starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart.

T.I. can add A&E’s remake of “Roots to his acting credits. You read that right. Not only is Roots being remade, but somehow T.I. got his foot in the door and his hands onto a script. According to Rap-Up, the film will also star Mekhi Phifer, James Purefoy, Matthew Goode, Lane Garrison, Emayatzy Corinealdi, and G. Hannelius. That’s just the most recent additions, T.I. will also star alongside Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Laurence Fishburne, Anika Noni Rose, Chad L. Coleman, Erica Tazel, Derek Luke and newcomers Malachi Kirby and Regé-Jean Page.

T.I. is reported to play Cyrus, a headstrong slave who fights for his freedom for the Union Army against Confederate forces. The big-budget reboot of the 1977 original will air across multiple A&E networks including History and Lifetime over the course of four-nights as an eight-hour miniseries event.

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Image via TMZ

Amiyah Scott may not have gotten the chance to be apart of the current season of Real Housewives of ATL, but she will get the last laugh. Turns out the social media famous transgender woman has been cast in the Empire spinoff created by Lee Daniels.

According to TMZ, Scott got a call from Daniels in August wanting her to read for his new show. Sources also reported to TMZ that Daniels loved Scott’s look and thought she’d be perfect for the new show as one of the singers in a girl group.

The Empire spinoff is rumored to be a prequel, focusing on a young Cookie Lyon.

That’s all for this week of While You Were Way! See you next week 😉

Uh Oh: Lee Daniels Got Caught With His Hand In The Cookie Jar

[Credit: FOX via Getty Images]
[Credit: FOX via Getty Images]
By: William Lawson

2015 has been the year of Empire. It has also been the year of lawsuits against Empire. The show and its creators were sued for the name “Empire”, for the concept, and now the show can add being sued for supposedly stealing the backstory for, arguably, the show’s breakout character Cookie Lyon (Taraji P. Henson). Taraji was just nominated for an Emmy in the Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.

Image via Fox
Image via Fox

The first episode of Empire was watched by 9.90 million viewers and viewership continued to rise making the show Fox’s most watched show since Touch in 2012, with a total of 17.62 million viewers that tuned in to the season one finale. Obviously this character and show are both a big deal.

According to Sophia EgglestonLee Daniels stole her life story and created an Emmy nominated character. Eggleston is from the Detroit, MI area. She claims that she wrote a book detailing her crazy life, while serving time in prison for manslaughter. She is suing the show’s creators for $300 million. Eggleston claims that she met with a screenwriter, who then took the story to show producers, and left her behind. According to Eggleston, the similarities between her and the character are no coincidence due to them having the same lifestyle, similar criminal history, personality and a love for mink (comparing the picture of Cookie above and Sophia below). Eggleston claims, “The whole city was calling me saying, ‘Sophia that [expletive] playing your part, but you did live it.”  When asked about her lawsuit, she said, “Oh I know I’m gonna win. What jury in the world wouldn’t let me win.” She claims the show tried to settle with her a few years ago, but she refused.

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Image via Complex