Empire Stars Reunite in Fight Night Teaser

Empire Stars Reunite in Fight Night Teaser

Fans of Empire got a treat on Wednesday when its stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson reunited for a new project.

The 55-year-old Hustle star and the 53-year-old Hidden Figures actress join Kevin Hart, Samuel L. Jackson, Chloe Bailey and Don Cheadle in the new teaser trailer for Peacock’s limited series Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist, which was released on Wednesday.

The show, which is based on the iHeart podcast of the same name, details a major armed robbery that occurred after Muhammed Ali’s triumphant comeback fight against ‘Irish’ Jerry Quarry.

The on-screen pairing for Terrence and Taraji comes just over four years after their hit Fox series Empire wrapped up after six seasons.

The teaser opens at a party raging as Ali is seen pummeling Quarry on a television.

Empire Stars Reunite in Fight Night Teaser

Fans of Empire got a treat on Wednesday when its stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson reunited in the teaser trailer for Peacock’s limited series Fight Night: The Million Dollar Heist

The on-screen pairing for Terrence and Taraji comes just over four years after their hit Fox series Empire wrapped up after six seasons

The on-screen pairing for Terrence and Taraji comes just over four years after their hit Fox series Empire wrapped up after six seasons 

Hart, who plays Chicken Man, is seen dancing at the party, and he also handles narration duties in the teaser.

The comedian is dressed in an over-the-top outfit with a snakeskin sport coat with black satin peaked lapels, which effectively captures the excesses of the era.

He calls the evening ‘the biggest night in Atlanta history,’ and says there was only ‘one place you had to be,’ which is the party celebrating Ali’s victory.

As he talks up the shindig, the teaser cuts from Hart to show Taraji, who plays Vivian Thomas, as she dramatically struts through the party in a lustrous plunging pink satin dress.

There seems to be gambling going on, as a grinning Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Frank Moten, is next seen celebrating at a table after a winning bet.

He’s made up with a mustache and an Afro wig with a gray streak, along with a period-appropriate postal blue suit with wide peaked lapels.

Terrence Howard also makes an appearance in the teaser as he cheers after making a winning bet at the roulette table.

The actor, who plays Richard Wheeler, wears an outrageous blown-out brown wig, which raised questions on social media after he sat down for an interview about his lawsuit against his talent agency Creative Arts Agency (CAA) over his alleged underpayment on Empire.

Although the teaser makes it clear that his wig and outfit were just part of his costume, which suggests he did the interview during downtime near the set, fans who weren’t aware of that thought the ensemble indicated Terrence was losing his mind.

The show, which is based on the iHeart podcast of the same name, details a major armed robbery that occurred after Muhammed Ali's triumphant comeback fight against 'Irish' Jerry Quarry (pictured)

The show, which is based on the iHeart podcast of the same name, details a major armed robbery that occurred after Muhammed Ali’s triumphant comeback fight against ‘Irish’ Jerry Quarry (pictured)

Hart, who plays Chicken Man, is seen dancing at the party, and he also handles narration duties in the teaser

Hart, who plays Chicken Man, is seen dancing at the party, and he also handles narration duties in the teaser

There seems to be gambling going on, as a grinning Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Frank Moten, is next seen celebrating at a table after a winning bet

There seems to be gambling going on, as a grinning Samuel L. Jackson, who plays Frank Moten, is next seen celebrating at a table after a winning bet

Terrence Howard also makes an appearance in the teaser as he cheers after making a winning bet at the roulette table

Terrence Howard also makes an appearance in the teaser as he cheers after making a winning bet at the roulette table

Chloe Bailey, who plays Lena Mosley, is the last of the main cast members briefly glimpsed at the party, though she isn’t celebrating and instead had a somber look on her face that might indicate the knowledge of a crime to come.

‘This little shindig is just the beginning,’ Hart says via narration after most of the main cast has been introduced.

Oddly, the trailer then seems to reintroduce the same characters by simply showing slightly longer versions of the same clips with Jackson and Howard, suggesting that there may not have been much completed footage available to edit into the teaser. 

As the score suddenly takes an ominous turn, Hart says in voiceover: ‘Something’s bound to go down.’

Fittingly, a trio of masked robbers armed with shotguns are seen amassing outside the home where the party is being held.

They open the seemingly unlocked door before the teaser cuts to a title card.

‘Everyone get on the f***ing ground!’ one of the robbers shouts at the crowd.

The violence at the party amid the robber isn’t shown, and the teaser instead cuts to the next morning, when Don Cheadle is introduced as Detective JD Hudson.

He strolls into the home, which is filled with police officers dusting for finger prints and examining possible evidence.

‘This whole city’s about to be a crime scene,’ he says in voiceover as he turns his head dramatically toward the camera.

It’s not clear if Taraji and Terrence’s characters will have significant scenes together, or if they are just parts of a larger ensemble cast.

But the fun is shattered when masked men armed with shotguns break into the private home and steal hundreds of thousands from a crowd of over 200 people

But the fun is shattered when masked men armed with shotguns break into the private home and steal hundreds of thousands from a crowd of over 200 people

In their previous series, Empire, Terrence starred as the drug dealerÂżturnedÂżhip hop mogul Lucious Lyon, who is forced to choose a successor among his sons to run his label after his impending death from ALS

In their previous series, Empire, Terrence starred as the drug dealer–turned–hip hop mogul Lucious Lyon, who is forced to choose a successor among his sons to run his label after his impending death from ALS

But his plans, which critics compared to Shakespeare's King Lear, are shaken up when his ex-wife Cookie Lyon returns to the fold after she finishes up a 17-year prison sentence. The exes battle to take the top spot at Lucious' label, while also vying for the love of their three sons

But his plans, which critics compared to Shakespeare’s King Lear, are shaken up when his ex-wife Cookie Lyon returns to the fold after she finishes up a 17-year prison sentence. The exes battle to take the top spot at Lucious’ label, while also vying for the love of their three sons

In their previous series, Empire, Terrence starred as the drug dealer–turned–hip hop mogul Lucious Lyon, who is forced to choose a successor among his sons to run his label after his impending death from ALS.

But his plans, which critics compared to Shakespeare’s King Lear, are shaken up when his ex-wife Cookie Lyon returns to the fold after she finishes up a 17-year prison sentence. 

The exes battle to take the top spot at Lucious’ label, while also vying for the love of their three sons. 

The show was a critical and commercial hit, but it ended with its sixth season, which was shot after Jussie Smollet left the show after being charged with filing a false police report in response to a racist attack that he staged. 

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