Lee Daniel’s ‘Empire’ Casting Call for Recurring Extras in Chicago


The FOX show ‘Empire’ has a casting notice out for Extras to play inmates

The new season of FOX’s hit television series “Empire”  is beginning production on season 2 and has a call out for some background actors who can play some tough inmate types.

The shows casting directors are now casting a core group of background extras ages 18 to 65 who have a very flexible schedule and are available to work multiple days throughout season 2. The show needs both male and female talent of all ethnicities.  Talent applying must be local to the Chicago area and have a valid Illinois issued government ID in order to be considered.

Lee Daniels (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Precious”) and Danny Strong (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “Game Change”) are working on season 2 of FOX’s “Empire”.  The series is described as, a sexy and powerful new drama series about the inner workings of a family run Hip Hop record label. “Empire” stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe. Terrence Howard (“Hustle & Flow”) plays Lucious, the music mogul and head of the Hip Hop empire he created. But things are not on the up and up here. Lucious is an ex thug with a tainted past and after he finds out he is sick and getting sicker, he must find someone in his family to take the reigns. Lucious has 3 sons that he is trying to groom for the position, none of which he believes can actually take over successfully.

Empire casting call for extras in Chicago

Chicago area only:


We are not accepting general submissions quite yet.
You must have an Illinois Driver’s License or Illinois State ID to submit.

NOTE: ALL submissions should be sent to extras4empire@gmail.com

RATE: $80/8

We are looking for inmate types to be part of a core group who will work throughout the season two – Any Ethnicity, Male/Female, 18 – 65

Send an email to extras4empire@gmail.com with the following info

1) Put INMATE in the subject line.
2) Include your name, phone number, email address, zip code, height, weight and age in the body of the email
3) Attach recent jpeg photos of yourself – it can be a candid shots – close up and full body – make sure you are against a neutral/plain wall with decent lighting.
4) Give us a general idea of your availability from June to February.

We will contact you if you are in consideration.
You must be registered with us at www.4starcasting.com to be considered.

You can catch the new season on FOX later this fall.

8 thoughts on “Lee Daniel’s ‘Empire’ Casting Call for Recurring Extras in Chicago

  1. Carleeta Johnson

    I love all of you all in empire, I sing dance and write music. I am 29 years old. I really want this role or what ever role you all have for me. I just want to do something positive coming from everything I’ve been through living in Chicago Illinois, it’s ruff up here. I just want an opportunity to share with you my gift and to be apart of something positive that will change my life, love Carleeta bka mz, Angel eyes.

  2. Sharon Kelley

    Mr. Lee Daniels, you did it again. Wishing you much success with your hit TV show. It would be a pleasure to finally meet you. After I met Oprah I knew the door was wide open.

    Thank you,
    Sharon Kelley

  3. maurice hampton

    I been trying to get cast hope to hear from you soon.

  4. Bridget

    I love your work. I think empire is just that an empire of greatness. It would be nice if we Mississippians can get the chance to show some talent. When will you send auditions our way?

  5. Calvin Ellis

    I’m an eager motivated individual who loves the show Empire. I come from a musical family and would love the opportunity to work with Mr. Lee Daniels on his show, Empire. I’m African American, 6 ft. 3, very slim and athletic. I’m very interested in any position available and hope to hear from you Soon.

  6. john w hendricks

    I would like to audition for empire on fox ..aka j.wes

  7. Keion Abrams

    I’m 5’9, I’m black and 17 years old. I don’t look young nor old, I’m pretty much average. You can check my pictures out on my instagram. If your interested send me a message for further info.

  8. Clayton Mills

    A big fan of the show. I’m very interested in becoming an extra in the new season of “Empire”. I have done some plays in college but nothing major on Broadway etc.. currently I am a Private Banker for a financial institution.


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