The Lyons are about to roar once more.
After an insane “Empire” Season 4 finale that saw Cookie (Taraji P. Henson), Lucious (Terrence Howard) and the rest of the almighty music mogul family get knocked down (and five people die), a new teaser for the upcoming fifth installment of the Fox drama — which is exclusive to TheWrap — shows the clan preparing to get back up again.
“According to the streets, you and Cookie dropped off the face of the earth, because you let your boy Eddie Barker just guerilla your whole company,” a radio DJ says to Lucious in an interview, as we see glimpses from the shootout at the end of Season 4 and the family patriarch standing over a coffin.
Now Eddie (Forrest Whittaker) is in charge of Empire and Andre (Trai Byers) is in jail, presumably for the part he played in Anika’s (Grace Gealey) death. Meanwhile, Cookie and Lucious are working to start a new and “recreate magic from scratch” with the help of Jamal (Jussie Smollett), who is sure his parents will reign again.
Can they rebuild? Well, with a haunting cover of Tom Petty’s “I Won’t Back Down” playing in the background, we’re feeling optimistic.
From Imagine Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television, “Empire” was created by Lee Daniels and Emmy Award winner Danny Strong, and is executive-produced by Daniels, Strong, Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer, Francie Calfo, Sanaa Hamri, Dennis Hammer, Matt Pyken and Diane Ademu-John. Brett Mahoney is executive producer and showrunner for the series.
Watch the exclusive teaser above.
“Empire” Season 5 premieres Wednesday, Sept. 26 at 8/7c on Fox.