Queen Latifah is teaming with Lee Daniels for an unnamed pilot. The rapper turned actress landed the lead role in a show that will potentially focus on the Atlanta music industry.
The Untitled Lee Daniels Music Pilot goes into production this month in Atlanta, and while the potential series has only been ordered to pilot at this point, Queen Latifah’s star power, combined with Daniels’ “Empire” track record at Fox, makes the project a strong contender for the 2016-17 television season.
The pilot revolves around three young women, who form a girl group with hopes of making it big in the music industry. The project has been described in the vein of “Dreamgirls,” while incorporating the manufacturing of modern-day girl groups, showcasing the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, and exploring cultural themes from a new perspective.
Queen Latifah will anchor the young cast, playing Carlotta, the owner of an Atlanta beauty salon who has an amazing voice and becomes a surrogate mother to the three girls in the group, even though she doesn’t approve of their musical dreams.
TMZ recently reported that one of the cast members is Amiyah Scott—a transgender woman who recently tried out for a spot on Real Housewives of Atlanta.
Queen Latifah was last seen playing “The Wiz” in The Wiz Live!