Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah has been cast in a leading role in UNTITLED LEE DANIELS MUSIC PILOT. Written, created and directed by award-winning filmmaker Lee Daniels (EMPIRE, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”), the new drama pilot follows three young women, who form a girl group with hopes of making it big in the music industry, and the choices with which they’re faced along the way. Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”) will serve as writer and executive producer on the pilot with Daniels. From 20th Century Fox Television, the project begins production this month in Atlanta, GA.
Actress, musician, author and entrepreneur Queen Latifah anchors the cast as “Carlotta,” the owner of an Atlanta beauty salon, with an amazing voice, who will become a surrogate mother to the three girls – even though she doesn’t approve of their musical dreams.
After a nationwide search, three fresh faces – actresses/singers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O’Grady – have been cast as the girl group members.
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.
Together, the three will chase their dreams of making it big in the glamorous but cut-throat Atlanta music scene. What will they do to rise to the top?
This “UNTITLED LEE DANIELS MUSIC PILOT” is the first project to emerge from Daniels’ multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.