Lethal Weapon star lands a role in Empire's final season

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Keesha Sharp has landed a role in the upcoming sixth and final season of musical drama Empire.

According to Deadline, the actor – who's perhaps best known for her work in Lethal Weapon, American Crime Story and The Good Fight – is set to play the recurring role Dr Paula Wick, a compassionate and intelligent woman who "won't take shit from anyone".

She'll be joining existing cast members Bryshere Y Gray (Hakeem), Trai Byers (Andre), Taraji P Henson (Cookie) and Terrence Howard (Lucious).

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Related: Empire co-creator opens up about "pain and anger" following Jussie Smollett scandal

Created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, Empire centres on hip-hop producer Lucious Lyon, his ex-wife Cookie and their family as they navigate the music industry and their multi-million dollar company.

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Jussie Smollett – who's played Cookie and Lucious's son Jamal since the show's first began – would not return for its sixth season, following accusations that he staged a racist and homophobic attack on himself in January.

Smollett denied staging the incident and the charges against him were then dropped in March. However, the city of Chicago has since hit the actor with a lawsuit in the hopes of recovering the costs of investigating the alleged incident.

Smollett was written out of Empire's fifth season with two episodes to go, as the characters explained that his character had gone on his honeymoon to the Seychelles.

Speaking at the Television Critics Association press tour last week, Daniels explained that viewers will "see pictures of [Jamal] in the background" during the new episodes, but that he'll remain abroad for the remainder of his storyline.

Empire's final season premieres in the US on Fox on September 24.

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