Lee Daniels’ New FOX Pilot, Star, Now Casting!

EMPIRE: Director/Writer/Creator/Executive Producer Lee Daniels attends the EMPIRE Series Premiere event at the Arclight Cinerama Dome on Tuesday, Jan. 6 in Hollywood, CA.  EMPIRE debuts, with limited commercial interruption, following AMERICAN IDOL XIV on Wednesday, Jan. 7 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.  CR: Frank Micelotta/FOX ©Ê2015 FOX BROADCASTING
Lee Daniels –  CR: Frank Micelotta/FOX ©2015 FOX BROADCASTING

Lee Daniels – creator and executive producer of Empire – is looking to capture lightning in a bottle again with his new pilot Star.

Star follows three women as they negotiate the path to stardom while trying to figure out just how far they will go to achieve stardom in the cutthroat music industry.

The pilot will begin production in December – casting is underway now. Follow the jump for details.

LEE DANIELS’ “STAR” SET TO BEGIN PRODUCTION THIS DECEMBER; INTERNATIONAL CASTING SEARCH UNDERWAY

STAR, the new pilot from Lee Daniels – creator and executive producer of broadcast’s No. 1 series EMPIRE – will begin production this December in Atlanta, GA. The pilot, from 20th Century Fox Television, is written, directed and executive-produced by Daniels. Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”) will serve as a writer and executive producer on the pilot with Daniels.

An international casting search is underway for the series talent, including three female leads who will play three young artists, all with hopes of making it big. STAR will feature the choices with which these artists are faced along the way, while showcasing the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, and exploring cultural themes from a new perspective. What will they do to rise to the top?

To submit an audition for STAR, visit http://foxedocs.com/uld/. Also, attached please find casting/character information.

The project is the first to emerge from Daniels’ multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

Lee Daniels is an Academy Award-nominated filmmaker whose work is trademarked by authenticity and candor, providing audiences with a unique and refreshing experience and character insight with each of his projects. In 2013, he released the critically acclaimed box office smash “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” The film held the No. 1 box office spot for three consecutive weeks, and has to date grossed more than $175 million worldwide. Daniels is widely known for his Academy Award-winning film, “Precious,” based on the novel “Push” by Sapphire. “Precious” was nominated for six Academy Awards, including nominations for Daniels in the category of Achievement in Directing and Best Motion Picture of the Year, and wins in the categories of Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay.  Daniels is attached to direct an untitled Richard Pryor biographical film for the Weinstein Company, which is set to begin production in 2016.

The STAR pilot is produced by 20th Century Fox Television. Lee Daniels (EMPIRE) will write, direct and serve as executive producer of the pilot episode. Tom Donaghy (“The Whole Truth”) will serve as writer and executive producer on the pilot with Daniels.