Queen Latifah Lee Daniels Pilot

Queen Latifah to Lead Empire Creator Lee Daniels' Music Pilot for Fox

Queen Latifah is taking some newbie singers under her wing for Empire creator Lee Daniels’ drama pilot about a girl group.

The recent Wiz actress/singer will star in the untitled Fox project as Carlotta, the an Atlanta beauty salon owner who also happens to have an amazing voice.

The potential series (fka Star) centers around three young women who form a musical act with hopes of making it big, and the choices they must face along the way.

Although Carlotta becomes a surrogate mother to the trio — played by newcomers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady — she doesn’t approve of their dreams.

Tom Donaghy, who penned the pilot, serves as co-creator/EP alongside Daniels.