“Empire” is only in its second season and Lee Daniels is already plotting on his next music-themed project. According to Deadline, Daniels is creating another Fox pilot and Queen Latifah recently signed on for the starring role. Up-and-comers Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittnay O’Grady, have also been cast in the project.
The drama series, which is co-written and directed by Lee, will follow the journeys of “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.” Queen will be playing the role of Carlotta, an Atlanta beauty salon owner with musical talents of her own who becomes somewhat of a surrogate mother to the trio—even though she’s not really in support of their musical dreams.
As previously reported, transgender actress Amiyah Scott has also been cast in the series; however, details surrounding her character have not been revealed.
Vulture is reporting that the 20th Century Fox-produced pilot is set to begin filming next month.