Queen Latifah to Star in Lee Daniels’ Drama Pilot

Willie Grace | 12/8/2015, 8:30 a.m.
Queen Latifah is starring in a new drama pilot from filmmaker Lee Daniels, the co-creator of Fox TV’s “Empire.”
Queen Latifah

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Queen Latifah is starring in a new drama pilot from filmmaker Lee Daniels, the co-creator of Fox TV’s “Empire.”

The untitled Fox pilot is about three young women trying to make it in the music industry. Latifah plays Carlotta, a beauty salon owner who becomes a surrogate mom to the trio, the network said Monday.

After open auditions, three newcomers were cast as the aspiring singers: Jude Demorest and Ryan Destiny, both from Detroit, Michigan, and Brittany O’Grady from Washington, D.C.

Musician-actress Latifah starred in NBC’s live production of “The Wiz” last week and played the famed blues singer Bessie Smith in the Emmy-winning HBO movie, “Bessie.”

The pilot, which could be the basis for a series, begins production this month in Atlanta.

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