SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 25: Actress Vivica A. Fox poses for a portrait at the Getty Images Portrait Studio powered by Samsung Galaxy at Comic-Con International 2014 at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego on July 25, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images for Samsung)

By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act

As Martin Lawrence’s character in “Bad Boys 2” said, “shit just got real!”

Vivica A. Fox has signed on to play Taraji P. Henson’s (Cookie Lyon’s) older sister on Season 2 of “Empire,” reports Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive.

Fox’s older sister character will be coming after Cookie for an “reasons unknown” – reasons, if kept in the spirit of the series, likely won’t be good (at least not for Cookie).

“Cookie’s other family members are troublesome to say the least,” executive producer Ilene Chaiken told EW.

Taraji and Vivica together in the garish “Empire” as their individual characters, potentially going up against each other, should be an absolute riot for fans of the hit Fox series!

By the way, Tasha Smith plays Cookie’s other sister, who was previously introduced last season, appearing in 3 episodes.

I should note that series creator Lee Daniels has said that he’s developing an “Empire” spin-off that would center on a young Cookie and/or her extended family. So it could be that the introduction of more of Cookie’s family this season will all be in preparation for the eventual spin-off.

Season 2 of “Empire” premieres Wednesday, September 23, at 9pm on Fox.

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