Empire: Alfre Woodard Cast as Cookie's Mother!

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Cookie's mother will be stopping by Empire when the soapy drama resumes in March. 

TV Line has confirmed that Alfre Woodard has joined the cast on a recurring basis as Renee

No, we're not kidding!

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If you watch Empire online, you will know that Cookie's mother is rarely mentioned on the series, so it will be exciting to find out what really went wrong in the relationship. 

The Fox hit utilizes flashbacks well, so we will likely get a whole lot of insight into what really happened. 

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Woodard is a seasoned TV veteran who has appeared in the likes of Desperate Housewives, True Blood, Luke Cage and A Series of Unfortunate Events. 

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Empire closed out 2017 in shocking fashion with the return of Demi Moore's Nurse Claudia, who drugged Lucious and kidnapped him because she was under the impression she could carve out a relationship with him. 

It came at a time in which Lucious and Cookie had rekindled their relationship and were actually getting along. Yeah, hell had most definitely frozen over, and that's why Claudia was thrown in to disrupt their relationship. 

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The first teaser for the new episodes shows Claudia channeling Misery as she swings an ax when she gets word that Cookie is about to find out the truth about what has happened. 

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While we know there's no way that Cookie or Lucious will be written out of the series, there's a possibility that one of the supporting players could be killed while trying to save Lucious. 

Okay, Empire Fanatics. 

What do you think of this excellent casting news?

Hit the comments below. 

Empire returns March 28 at 8/7c!

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