On the heels of the smash hit primetime sudsy drama Empire, creator Lee Daniels and Fox are hard at work putting together the pilot for his next TV project, Star!
At the epicenter of Star ia the story of four young woman trying to make it big in show business with big dreams and aspirations. According to the official description from the network on the series concept: “It 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?”
Now according to TV Line, casting is already underway for the four core characters which include: a transgender woman named Cotton, 20, who is a half-black, half-Spanish with a “stunning look” and a “keen eye for fashion.” The other woman are described as: “Star”, an 18-year-old white woman with a “badass attitude.” Then there is “Simone”, 16, who is Star’s half-white, half-black sister. She’s simply described as “tragic and adorable.” And finally, Alexandra, a black woman around the age of 20. Though she’s described as “elegant” and “classic,” she wants to abandon her “material world” in the hopes of making “real, authentic music.”
So, what do you think of the concept of Star and the characters? Daniels, who is always a trendsetter and one to shed light on an under-represented part of the population is putting a transgender character to the mix, as the trans community has been garnering more media attention of late. Finally, who would you suggest to the play the four lead characters? Put your casting director hats on, and then share your thoughts below!