A few years ago, some group of people produced the Nigerian Version of High school Musical. This month, there was a press release about Broadway Musical Movie, Sister Act, Coming to Nigeria. All these are signs that Nollywood can produce any movie they want to. Imagine for a minute that Fox’s hit TV series ‘Empire’ wants to re-shoot its Nigerian version, I’m sure everyone would look forward to the movie as well as the casts.
Empire is currently the highest-rated Season 1 finale of any show in nearly a decade. The American musical drama television series debuted on January 7, 2015 and is centered on a hip hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, and the drama among the members of the founders’ family as they fight for control of the company.
The show was created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, and stars multiple award winning actors like Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson. If Nollywood was to act their version of Empire, these casts would be suitable for the following roles.
Meet Empire – Nigerian Casts
1. Ramsey Noah as Lucious Lyon
Lucious Lyon was acted by Terrence Howard, however, Ramsey Noah, who is one of Nigeria’s finest pioneer actors can pull off the daring character of CEO, Empire Entertainment.
2. Funke Akindele as Cookie Lyon
Who could be as hot, sassy and good looking as Cookie Lyon, acted by 45 year old Taraji P. Henson, if not Funke Akindele, a.k.a Jennifer gbogbo bigz gyals?
3. David Adeleke (Davido) as Hakeem Lyon
Davido may not be an actor, nor a rapper, but he can interpret the role of the arrogant but talented Hakeem Lyon, as played by Bryshere Y. Gray. The difference is that 23-year old Davido is one year older than Hakeem and is darker than him.
4. Darey Art-Alade as Jamal Lyon
The most striking thing about Jamal is his voice and only Darey Art-Alade has such a voice in Nigeria to interpret that cast.
5. Yul Edochie as Andre Lyon
They may not have the same style of hair line, but Yul Edochie has what it takes to interpret the role as the first son of the Lyon family as acted by Trai Byers.
6. Emeka Ike as Malcolm Deveaux
Derek Luke played the role of Head of Security for Empire, and ex-boyfriend of Cookie, Malcolm, He has similarities with Emeka Ike and would be proud to have Mr. Ike model his Empire cast.
7. Eniola Badmus as Becky
Its all about the size and the only Nollywood actress who is as voluminous as Gabourey Sidibe (Becky) would be Eniola Badmus.
8. Genevieve Nnaji as Camilla Marks
Gross! but Genevieve would have to kiss Davido if she is cast as Kazeem’s sugar mummy, Camilla Marks as played by Naomi Campbell.. Obviously Genevieve has the same type of ageless beauty as the model.
10. Stella Dakore as Anika Calhoun
Nollywood’s very own Stella Daokore would sure fit into Grace Gealey’s shoes who played ex-girlfriend to Lucious, Anika Calhoun, and also side chick of Lucious’s son, Kazeem. Meaning, Stella would also have to kiss Davido.
11. Dija as Tiana Brown
Diva Dija and Tiana, as played by Serayah McNeill, share three things in common – looks, voice and poise, and that qualifies Dija as the perfect cast for Tiana’s role.
12. Chika Chukwu as Porsha
Funke Akindele would have been ideal to play Porsha, but she is already playing Porsha’s boss, Cookie. That leaves the role to mouth-running (tatafo) Jumoke of Fuji House of Commotion, Chika Chukwu, to play the role that Ta’Rhonda Jones was cast for.
Feel free to add your comments on which other Nollywood actors/actresses you think would interpret these Empire Casts better than the ones listed above.