‘Empire’ Casts Alfre Woodard as Cookie’s Mother

“Luke Cage” star to guest star on Fox musical drama later this season

Alfre Woodard will guest star on an upcoming episode of “Empire” as Taraji P. Henson’s mother, Fox announced on Friday.

But the mother-daughter reunion won’t go smoothly. Fox is teasing that Woodard’s character Renee “comes back into her [daughter’s] life with a turbulent reunion.”

Woodard appearance on the musical drama will take place when the show returns from its midseason hiatus next month.

Fox released the first teaser for the back-half of the season last month, promising a showdown between Henson’s character Cookie and an axe-wielding Demi Moore (who is holding hostage Terrence Howard’s Lucious Lyon.)

“Empire” is coming off of a production hiatus last fall, which lasted for a few weeks to allow the writers to regroup before beginning on the season’s final nine episodes. Co-creators and executive producers Danny Strong and Lee Daniels, as well as executive producers Brian Grazer and Francie Calfo were brought in to assist the show’s writing staff and guide the back-half of the season.