Fresh off of her successful turn as The Wiz in NBC’s hit live musical broadcast of the same name, Queen Latifah’s ready to take her musical talents to Lee Daniels’ untitled new music pilot (formerly known as Star) that’s heading to FOX.
The project was announced in October and is the project is the first to emerge from Daniels’ multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television. It follows the story of three young women, Star, Alexandra and Simone, all with hopes of making it big. Together, the three will chase their dreams in the glamorous but highly competitive Atlanta music scene and find out what kinds of choices they’re willing to make to become superstars. The series will showcase the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, while also exploring cultural themes from a new perspective.
Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah has joined the cast as Carlotta, a woman with an amazing voice who owns an Atlanta beauty salon. She becomes a surrogate mother to the girls, but doesn’t wholeheartedly agree with their dreams of stardom.
Also announced were the three series leads, Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady, who were discovered thanks to a nationwide talent search.
You can read more about the girls’ roles, per FOX, below:
- Jude Demorest, from Detroit, MI, has landed the role of “Star,” the tough 18-year-old who spent her childhood in and out of foster homes after the death of her mother, and who will do anything to become the star she was named to be.
- Ryan Destiny, from Detroit, MI, has been cast as “Alexandra,” the wealthy 20-year-old who grew up on New York’s Upper East Side, but who, for years, has tried to put her privileged world behind her, so she can make real, authentic music.
- Brittany O’Grady, from Washington, DC, will play “Simone,” Star’s younger sister who dreams of the day Star will return to rescue her from the abusive foster home in which she was placed five years before.
Production on Lee Daniels’ new series is expected to begin in Atlanta this month.