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Empire Season 3 Young Cookie Cast

Empire Casts Young Cookie and Lucious

Season 3 of Fox’s Empire, as previously reported, will shed some light on the childhood of Cookie and Lucious — and now we know what their younger selves look like.

Per our sister site Deadline, Ajiona Alexus (The Rickey Smiley Show) will in flashbacks play Cookie as a teenager “whose Catholic school uniform can’t hide ‘the Cookie spark.’”

Newcomer Jeremy “Not the Supernatural Producer” Carver, meanwhile, has been cast as young Lucious, who back in the day coupled a great voice with “a bad-boy edge” that made Cookie crumble a bit.

Both roles are recurring.

Other Empire Season 3 castings include Taye Diggs (as a city councilman), musician Kid Cudi (as Hakeem’s new rival) and Sierra McClain as a singer that Lucious is determined to sign, while Xzibit has been promoted to series regular as Lucious’ rival Shyne Johnson.

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  1. Lola says:

    That actor looks like a young Terrence/Luscious. I hope that actress can mirror Taraji’s quite wit and sharp tongue. I Imagine young Cookie as a humdinger.

    • JM says:

      Based on previous flashbacks with Taraji’s, her quick wit and tongue were not as noticeable as they are now. I think younger Cookie might not have those tid bits in her younger self and it was something that developed a lot more highly in prison. Just my thoughts though.

  2. Priscilla Bolden says:

    I can not wait the third season Empire September 21st can’t wait he’s going to do a good young Lucius and she’s going to do a good cookie

  3. Saniya Roberson says:

    He go to my school