Casting News: Adam Rodriguez Coming to "Empire," "The Walking Dead" Franchise Gets New Castmembers and More

Okay, let’s talk about something other than Rachel Dolezal for a second. Casting news and whatnot!

Adam Rodriguez is joining Fox’s Empire! WHOO!

Dwayne Johnson is constantly in a movie. Now, he’s going to be in the remake of Big Trouble in Little China.

WE TV has greenlit two legal reality shows featuring black women.

James Wan has closed the deal to direct Aquaman and Robotech. It’s official!

Laurence Fishburne is directing Idris Elba in the film adaptation of Paolo Coelho’s The Alchemist! What a news item!

Straight Outta Compton‘s Corey Hawkins will play a key character in The Walking Dead. Let’s hope he won’t get killed.

Argentinian filmmaker Damián Szifrón is looking to bring the sci-fi limited series The Stranger to U.S. television. He will write and direct the miniseries. 

Stephen Colbert’s new bandleader for CBS’ The Late Show is New Orleans jazz musician Jon Baptiste! If you see the video of him and his band on The Colbert Report, you’ll find the performance amazing.

Jason George has been promoted to a series regular on ABC’s Gray’s Anatomy!

Some YouTube stars have been cast in what I’m guessing is a YouTube series Laid in America. The cast includes KSI, Timothy DeLaGhetto and others. 

A Daft Punk documentary is going to feature Pharrell and Kanye West. 

Mark Consuelos has been cast in the second season of AMC’s Kingdom.

Colman Domingo is going to battle the beginning of the zombie apocalypse in AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead.

Jaden Smith has joined Baz Lurhmann’s The Get Down.

Chiwetel Ejiofor will play Baron Mordo in Marvel’s Doctor Strange.

What do you think about this casting news? Give your opinions in the comments section below and make sure to keep the conversation going on COLOR’s Facebook and Twitter!