Jussie Smollett No Longer in Contention for Lead Role in Broadway's 'Take Me Out'
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Before being entangled in the false report scandal over his hate crime attack, the 'Empire' star was reportedly considered to take on the role of a mixed-race baseball ace who comes out as gay in the revival play.

AceShowbiz - Actor Jussie Smollett has reportedly lost out on the chance to star in a Broadway revival of the play "Take Me Out".

The "Empire" star had read for a lead role in the Richard Greenberg production prior to allegedly becoming the victim of a hate crime in January, but he has since been "cut" from consideration, according to the Daily Mail.

Smollett had hoped to take on the part of a mixed-race baseball ace who comes out as gay in the Second Stage Theater show, set to launch in 2020, but producers have since dropped his name from contention.

Zachary Quinto is expected to co-star in "Take Me Out", which won three Tony Awards, including Best Play, during its original run in 2003.

The news emerges weeks after prosecutors in Illinois decided to drop 16 felony charges filed against Smollett for lying to authorities about the attack outside his Chicago apartment.

They accused the actor of hiring Nigerian brothers Olabinjo Osundairo and Abimbola Osundairo to stage the incident to boost his own profile, but he vehemently denied the allegations.

Smollett is now facing legal action from City of Chicago officials, who are demanding he pay for the investigation costs and police overtime.

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