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FOX continues to scoop up top-tier talent ahead of its second season of Empire.

Up next following the Marisa Tomei recruitment, Kelly Rowland has been cast to play an unlikely but likely pivotal role on the hit series.

Reports E!:

Kelly Rowland will appear on the hit FOX show this fall, a source told E! News exclusively on Saturday, the Fourth of July, at the 2015 Essence Festival in New Orleans.

The 34-year-old R&B singer will play Lucious Lyon’s mother in a flashback.

During season 1, Empire often featured scenes from Terrence Howard’s character’s past, which shows and his feisty now-ex-wife Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson, during harder times before they built their powerful music empire.

Last month, Rowland hung out with Empire screenwriters, sparking speculation she may make an appearance on the show.

The award-winning singer has just a couple of acting credits to her resume–most notably cussing out the king of nightmares in 2003’s Freddy Vs. Jason and 2012’s Think Like a Man–but chances her she’ll nail her Empire performance.

Peep her convening with the writers of the show in the picture below.

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