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.

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  1. j says:

    and they get signed by Empire Records

  2. Eric says:

    Here’s what is going to happen. The show with go to series because Fox thinks that because it’s coming from Lee Daniels it’s going to be huge just like Empire… except it won’t. The show will probably have less than stellar ratings and because of that, Fox will stage a crossover event between Empire and this series in order to help gain viewers. It won’t work because contrary to what networks believe, crossover events do not help gain viewers (except for that ONE episode crossover) and also, stunt casting does not help gain viewers. It will happen. Just watch. Not that I’m rooting against it or anything because I actually really do like Queen Latifah. I just have a gut instinct this won’t be the hit Fox wants — and needs — it be.

  3. Matt C. says:

    I was already interested in this, but now Queen Latifah?!? I CAN’T WAIT!

  4. KC says:

    Oh no – not another one!

  5. JB says:

    So does this mean that they’re not going to be including a fourth member in the group? Because I read that they were going to be casting for the below character on Deadline:

    COTTON: Character is a half African-American and half Latina transgender woman with a stunning look, 20 (actor must be 18 years of age or over). She has an especially keen eye for fashion.