Fresh off playing the title character in NBC's "The Wiz Live!" Queen Latifah has a new TV gig: a Fox pilot from West Philly's Lee Daniels, co-creator of the network's hit "Empire."
The show, which Fox last summer was referring to as "Star" but which for now is called the "Unitled Lee Daniels Music Pilot," follows three young women who decide to form a girl group to break into the music business.
Queen Latifah will play "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," according to Fox.
ude Demorest, Ryan Destiny and Brittany O'Grady, described as "fresh faces," will play the girls. Production begins this month in Atlanta.
Daniels talked a bit about the show he was then calling "Girl Band" after an "Empire" press conference last summer in Beverly Hills.
"Where 'Empire' was really based on 'Dynasty,' [this show]...it's like TLC, 'Dreamgirls,' Supremes, that world," he said. "It's that world meets 'Good Times.'"