Grace Byers, who plays Lucious Lyons wife Anika on Empire, has joined Karl Urban and Sofia Vergara in the indie thriller Bent.
Andy Garcia also stars with Robert Moresco directing from a script he wrote.
Story follows a shamed and discredited narcotics detective who, upon his release from prison, makes plans to seek revenge on the accuser who framed him and killed his partner.
Byers will play a jazz singer and lounge owner who gets caught up in a police conspiracy. Ambi Entertainment is on board to finance and produce Bent. Moresco and David Guillod will also produce.