Just as season 2 of FOX’s Empire sets to roll out, we get a little more details about the upcoming season and Chris Rock’s involvement. As mentioned earlier, Chris will be playing an inmate alongside the show’s character Lucious Lyon. In a cover story with THR Chris’s character was originally intended to be a cannibal with some pretty graphic scenes.
According to multiple insiders, Fox brass shot down an early idea to have Chris Rock’s character, who’s in jail with Lucious, be a cannibal in the first episode of the season. But Daniels, who directed the season opener, is said to have ignored the mandate and shot the Rock story as initially envisioned, including one particularly grotesque scene featuring the actor with a plate of human body parts before him. Rock agreed to return to the series’ Chicago set for reshoots this summer, where sources say the cannibal plot line was scaled back to the point of barely detectable at the network’s insistence.
The new season of Empire begins Sept. 23 on FOX.