*Season 3 of “Empire” will include several flashbacks to Cookie and Lucious Lyon as teenagers, Ajiona Alexus and Jeremy Carver taking on the roles, respectively,
They’ll recur in the Fox series, along with musician-actor Ezri Walker, reports Deadline Hollywood.
Alexus, as young Cookie, will be seen as a beautiful, innocent teenager, whose Catholic school uniform can’t hide “the Cookie spark.” Carver will play Lucious as a teen with an incredible voice “and a bad-boy edge that captures the heart” of young Cookie.
Walker will play Zeah, described as a nerdy 16-year old “with an edge and real talent as a rapper. With his high GPA and serious smarts, this teenager finds himself torn between a future at an elite university and a career at Empire under the guidance of the legendary Lucious Lyon.”
Via Deadline Hollywood:
Walker will be seen co-starring in IFC Film’s The Land in August, and this month he’ll open for Nas during New York’s Central Park SummerStage Festival.
Alexus (“Code Black”) will recur on Tom McCarthy’s Netflix drama “13 Reasons Why,” based on the 2007 YA book by Jay Asher.
This is the first major role for Carver.
As previously reported, Taye Diggs and Scott Mescudi will guest star in Season 3, which premieres Sept. 21.