Fox has greenlit a new scripted pilot from “Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels for the 2016-2017 TV season titled “Star.” which will star actress Queen Latifah.
Bouncing off of the successful “Empire” music-filled formula, “Star” — which is not in any way an “Empire” spinoff — follows three talented singers who navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success. Newcomers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady star as the young singers, alongside Queen Latifah and Benjamin Bratt. Announced on Wednesday, Lenny Kravitz will guest star.
“Star,” co-created by Daniels and Tom Donaghy, will feature original music and stunning musical fantasy sequences.
In December 2015, Variety originally announced Queen Latifah to star in the pilot.
The pilot revolves around three young women, who form a girl group with hopes of making it big in the music industry. The project has been described in the vein of “Dreamgirls,” while incorporating the manufacturing of modern-day girl groups, showcasing the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, and exploring cultural themes from a new perspective.
Queen Latifah will anchor the young cast, playing Carlotta, the owner of an Atlanta beauty salon who has an amazing voice and becomes a surrogate mother to the three girls in the group, even though she doesn’t approve of their musical dreams.
“Star” is the first to emerge from Daniels’ overall multi-year deal with the studio. Daniels will write, direct and exec produce the pilot, while co-creator Tom Donaghy will also serve as writer and exec producer. Pamela Oas Williams (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”) and Effie Brown (“Dear White People”) are also exec producers.