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‘Empire’ Casts Gabourey Sidibe’s Love Interest for Season 2 (EXCLUSIVE)

Empire” has cast Mo McRae to appear in season two, Variety has learned exclusively. He will do a three-episode arc, playing a love interest for Becky (Gabourey Sidibe).

The character’s name is J-Poppa, who’s described as a handsome, easygoing guy who is seeing Becky, assistant to Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard) at Empire Entertainment. J-Poppa also develops a strong connection with Andre (Trai Byers).

“Empire” marks a reunion for McRae and exec producer Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, as he appeared in their 2013 film “The Butler.”

McRae is currently a series regular on TNT’s “Murder in the First,” and had a major recurring role in “Sons of Anarchy.” His other credits include “Ray Donovan,” “Battle Creek” and Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild.” Next up, he’s been cast in HBO’s biopic “All The Way.”

McRae is repped by CAA and Untitled.

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