Everything We Know About Fox's Star So Far

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After the huge success of hip-hop musical series Empire, Fox is trying out its recipe again with the special premiere of Star. Also produced by Lee Daniels, Star tells the story of players in the music industry, and includes an original soundtrack.

Unlike Empire, which focuses on the backhanded dealings and controversial exploits of an elite hip-hop family, Star is more of a “started from the bottom” tale.

The show follows two sisters, Star (Jude Demorest) and Simone (Brittany O'Grady), who is fresh out of the foster system. The two are determined to take their knack for singing to another level. They team up with Alex (Ryan Destiny), the daughter of a rock legend who is trying to carve her own way in the music industry, to form a girl group. Jahil (Benjamin Bratt), a talent manager who hasn’t been able to reach his former glory for at least a decade, takes a special interest in the girls’ music career. But on the flip side, Carlotta (Queen Latifah), a stand-in mom for the trio, thinks that chasing fame is a dangerous game. And she might be right.

Star premieres right after Wednesday’s season finale of Empire. Here are some other details we know so far.
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Queen Latifah is probably going to save the show.
In the same way that Taraji P. Henson keeps Empire interesting as Cookie, Queen Latifah is going to be the pulse of Star. She plays Carlotta, an Atlanta-based hairstylist who provides housing to the girl group. In her efforts to protect them, we’ve already seen her punch an adult man in the face. Daniels seems to have a thing for strong Black leading ladies.
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Lenny Kravitz is still bae.
In a behind-the-scenes promotional clip for the show, Daniels says that he loosely based the dynamic between Simone and her father on Zoë and Lenny Kravitz’s relationship. Lenny made it clear that in real life, he supports his daughter’s career. But playing the role of a recording legend still hits close to home. And he still looks good doing it.
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It’s going to be a star-studded series.
Like Empire, Star is also dropping celeb names to help keep audiences hooked. Tyrese Gibson and Naomi Campbell are already signed on as recurring guests. Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s Joseline Hernandez is also set to make her acting debut on the series. This is already a lot.