Jussie Smollett attends Songwriters Hall Of Fame 47th Annual Induction And Awards at Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 9, 2016 in New York City.

Jussie Smollett attends Songwriters Hall Of Fame 47th Annual Induction And Awards at Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 9, 2016 in New York City.

*“Empire” star Jussie Smollett gave fans on social media a preview of his new role as renowned poet Langston Hughes in the Reginald Hudlin-directed Thurgood Marshall film “Marshall.”

“Had to go butt faced to be #LangstonHughes in #Marshall. Thank you @reghud for the opportunity. It’s been a dream,” he tweeted, along with a picture of him in full makeup as Hughes.

As previously reported, Chadwick Boseman stars as the first black Supreme Court Justice in a story that follows a portion of his life in 1941, when he was a young lawyer.

Sent by the NAACP, Marshall defends a black chauffeur against his wealthy socialite employer in a sensationalized sexual assault and attempted murder trial and partners with a young Jewish lawyer named Samuel Friedman (Josh Gad) to struggle against a segregationist court.

Kate Hudson, Dan Stevens, James Cromwell, Sterling K. Brown and Keesha Sharp round out the cast.

Principal photography is underway in Buffalo, NY toward a release later this year.