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There’s been a lot of back and forth about Empire, including Mo’Nique initially being offered the role for Taraji P. Henson’s character Cookie. Lee Daniels and Danny Strong have denied the accusations, but the big comedic personality has responded by sharing the official emails with Sway. Do you think Mo’Nique would’ve played a better Cookie than Taraji P. Henson? Watch the full interview above and check out the emails below.
Lee Daniels had a conversation with MoNique about his new television pilot for Imagine Tv/Fox called Empire. We would like to screen test her for the role of Cookie. Please contact us with her television quotes, so that we can start a test, option, deal. We are tentatively looking at Monday, Feb 24 for the screen test.
Hello I am following up on my previous e-mail regarding Lee Daniels pilot and MoNiques television quotes. This is a time sensitive matter. Lee really does not want MoNique to miss this opportunity.
Unfortunately its not going any further for MoNique. Lee fought for her because he thought she would be great for the pilot but studio and network executives insisted on offering the role to Taraji. Thank you so much for providing us with her information. Sorry it didnt work out. Were all big fans of hers.