Fox’s hit “Empire” show is going to enjoy even more star power next year with Academy Award winner Common and television icon Oprah Winfrey confirmed to make guest appearances.

According to producer Lee Daniels, both high-profile celebrities will appear on the show.

“Yes,” Daniels said, when asked if he writing a part in Season 2 for Oprah. “Yeah, she’s going to be on it.” He didn’t give any details on her role, but we’ll blame the reporter because she didn’t ask. Daniels also said the he was writing a role for rapper/actor Common after Common recently expressed interest in joining Empire. (TV Guide)

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Recently, actress Mo’Nique revealed “Empire” producer Lee Daniels envisioned her playing fellow actress Taraji P. Henson‘s “Cookie” character.

“When he called me up, he offered me the role in Empire as Cookie,” she said. Mo’Nique said Daniels even sent her a script. Mo’Nique explained, “Maybe four days had gone by, and I hadn’t heard anything. So I’m trying to reach out to him to say, what time do I need to be in? Where do I need to be? When he finally returned the call, he says listen, the executives at Fox said that you’re difficult.” (Inside Edition)

“Empire” creator Danny Strong recently revealed music mogul Jay Z inspired actor Terrence Howard‘s character “Lucious Lyon.”

“There’s certainly some truth in that, the Jay Z story, which very much inspired certain elements of Lucious Lyon, was that story. The entire cast is African-American. We’re going to have all different types of characters and we’re just going to tell good stories. We’re not going to sit here and play defense or think that our show is a representation of black culture in its entirety.” (“Sway In The Morning”)