12:30pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Forest Whitaker Sings in His 'Empire' Debut (Exclusive Video)
Oscar winner Forest Whitaker is bringing more than just his acting chops to Empire this season.
The veteran actor kicks off his multi-episode arc on the Fox hip-hop drama Wednesday with a musical performance that is sure to turn a few heads.
Whitaker plays Uncle Eddie, a charismatic music icon and bona fide hitmaker who gave an unknown Lucious (Terrence Howard) his first radio airplay way back when. However, the reunion is a somewhat somber one given Lucious' traumatic brain injury that has caused him to lose his memory.
As seen in The Hollywood Reporter's exclusive video, Eddie performs the ballad "I Don't Want to Be Right" on the piano for Lucious. In addition to hearing Whitaker's vocal talents, the video offers a taste of Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) when the solo becomes an impromptu duet.
The role reunites Whitaker with Empire co-creators Lee Daniels and Danny Strong after the three worked together on the 2013 historical drama The Butler.
Watch Whitaker's performance, below.
Empire airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on Fox.