Mo’nique recently sat down with “Sway In The Morning” with actual receipts, printed out emails between her and a rep for Lee Daniels, asking her to screen test for Cookie.
“Feb. 18, 2014;
Lee Daniels had a conversation with Mo’Nique about his new television pilot for Imagine Tv/Fox called “Empire”, said Sway reading an email.
“We would like to screen test her for the role of ‘Cookie.’ Please contact us with her television quotes, so that we can start a test, option, deal. We are tentatively looking at Monday, Feb 24 for the screen test.”
“March 3, 2014;
Unfortunately it’s not going any further for Mo’Nique,
Lee fought for her because he thought she would be great for the pilot but studio and network executives insisted on offering the role to Taraji.
Thank you so much for providing us with her information.
Sorry it didn’t work out. We’re all big fans of hers.”