After an explosive Season 2 finale, Fox’s Empire will return for its third season this fall. As in past seasons, the hit musical drama has recruited several famous names to make a cameo in the upcoming round of episodes. Here’s a look at some of the guest stars you can expect to see in Empire Season 3.
1. Mariah Carey
As Fox announced at the Television Critics Association (TCA) panel this summer, Carey will be making a long-rumored guest appearance on the upcoming season of Empire. Though series creator Lee Daniels has previously hinted that he was working to get the famed singer on the show, it wasn’t made official until now.
Per Variety, Carey will play Kitty, a mega-superstar who comes to Empire to collaborate with Jamal Lyon (Jussie Smollett) on an new song. When the duo hits a wall with the duet, Kitty helps Jamal dig deep and achieve a musical breakthrough. The episode featuring Carey will air on October 5.
2. Taye Diggs
Diggs will also be joining Empire Season 3 as Angelo Dubois, a city councilman who hails from a respected and affluent New York family. TVLine describes Angelo as a pedigreed, Harvard law graduate, who could have made a fortune in the private sector. Instead, the character is ruled by his sense of noblesse oblige and focuses his energies on community organizing and local politics. The character has reportedly already spurred some comparisons to Barack Obama.
Diggs’ Angelo will have an especially juicy role as he may serve as a potential new love interest for Cookie (Taraji P. Henson). “His story is all about Cookie,” executive producer Ilene Chaiken confirmed at the TCA panel, per TVLine. “It starts as a Jamal story and then intersects [with Cookie].”
Though Diggs’s character will be recurring, he will be introduced in the drama’s Season 3 premiere on September 21.
The rapper will also have a cameo in the upcoming season and he’ll be playing a very familiar role: himself. Birdman will reportedly appear in the Season 3 premiere of Empire.
The artist teased his appearance on the show, with the above Instagram snap, showing himself on set alongside Empire star Terrence Howard and fellow guest star French Montana.
4. French Montana
A photo posted by Lee Daniels (@theoriginalbigdaddy) on Jul 7, 2016 at 8:14pm PDT
According to Entertainment Weekly, French Montana will appear in Empire‘s Season 3 premiere as Lucious Lyon’s (Terrence Howard) friend, Vaughn. Vaughn is a music mogul and a member of Lucious’s powerful inner circle.
Creator Lee Daniels teased Montana’s arrival on the show earlier this year, via an Instagram post (above) showing the rapper hanging out with Howard and Birdman on set.
5. Sierra McClain
Actress and singer Sierra McClain has also been tapped for a recurring role on the next season of the music drama. According to The Hollywood Reporter, McClain will play Nessa, Shine’s (Xzibit) loyal protege who, upon first glance, is just a timid follower of Lucious’s former partner in crime. But a second, closer listen reveals that she’s actually a rare talent with an amazing voice, whom Lucious is determined to sign to Empire’s roster.
Empire Season 3 kicks off on Wednesday, September 21 at 9 p.m. EST on Fox.