Fox’s Empire Seeking Teen for Speaking Role

Casting Call for African American Teen for TV Show in Chicago

An incredible new casting opportunity has been released for the hit Fox television series “Empire”. The show is filming its 3rd season. Casting directors are looking for a teen male to play Young Tariq. He is Luscious Lyon’s half brother. This role is for a flashback scene. They are also seeking a teen ages 18 and up to play the role of Barry.

About “Empire”

Lucious Lyon, played by Terrence Howard, is the king of hip-hop. An immensely talented artist, the CEO of Empire Entertainment and a former street thug, his reign has been unchallenged for years. But, after battling what he believed to be a terminal disease, Lucious challenged his sons to compete for his throne, a task made all the more complicated by the return of their mother and Lucious’ ex-wife, Cookie, played by Taraji P. Henson, who was released from prison.

What They Are Looking For

Casting directors are seeking teen African American boys for upcoming roles in the hit series. They are looking for Illinois based actors to appear in the series. The casting team is seeking a male ages 13 to 15 years old for an upcoming speaking role and an African American male ages 18 and up to play younger for a flashback scene.

Teenage African American Boys Wanted For Empire!!!

YOUNG TARIQ: 13YRS – 15YRS. He is Luscious half brother (Morocco Omari, See attached photo) seen in flashback …1 line, 1 scene

BARRY: 18 to play younger. This boy is seen in flashback as a teenager speaking to young Cookie.

*** Must Be an Illinois Resident ***

*** Must Be Available For All Shoot Dates ***

How to Apply

If you or anyone you know fits the description please send contact information, headshot/photo to

Shoot Dates: 719/16 – 7/28/16. You should only apply if you are available for all of the shoot dates.

Leave a Casting Response

3 Casting Responses

  1. Fanoela TOTO

    My name is Fanoela, and I am Malagasy. I live in Madagascar, i am 17 years old, (1,68m). The color of my skin is about brown and short black hair and black eye color. I would really like to be part of that “movie” because I really enjoy acting in a scene, as i am actually a Drama actor and a playwright. So, i would be pleased to be a member of the team.
    Please, contact me if i am needed even in other series or movies. It would be a pleasure,
    thank you,

  2. jacione

    Hello my name is jacione Gills and I would love to play in empire as tariq. I’m 14 years old and I love to act, u name it I can do it.

  3. Tahjane Topps

    Hi My Name Is Tahjane And I Have Always Wanted To Be On This Show ! I Am 5’7 And Short Black Hair Eye Color Is Black I Am White And Black