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Lee Daniels’ Fox Pilot ‘Star’ Casting Diverse Girl Group Including Transgender Actress

“Empire” co-creator Lee Daniels is gearing up for his Fox pilot “Star,” which will begin production this December in Atlanta, Georgia, the network announced Tuesday.

Casting on the Atlanta-set show, which revolves around a girl group, has also begun an international search, conducted by Lee Daniels Entertainment and Fox Television Group.

Daniels is looking for four specific actors to star in his newest Fox project. According to new information, released by Fox today, “Star” will showcase a quad comprised of a diverse slate of roles, including one tailored specifically for a transgender actress. All talent is required to be 18 years of age or over, indicating mature storylines.

“Star” is about a female group of three musicians that have dreams to make it big. The series 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.

Like “Empire,” the show will heavily feature music, though the two Fox dramas are not directly related in any way.

Daniels will serve as writer and exec producer, alongside Tom Donaughy. Daniels will also direct the pilot. “Star” marks the first project to emerge from Daniels’ multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television.

See below for the exact “Star” character details:

STAR: Character is a Caucasian female, 18 years old. She’s a tough chick with a badass attitude.

ALEXANDRA: Character is an African-American female, about 20. She’s an elegant yet classic beauty. Alexandra wants to put this material world behind her so she can make real, authentic music.

SIMONE: Character is Half African-American Half Caucasian, Star’s younger sister, 16 years old. Tragic and adorable.

COTTON: Character is a half African-American and half Latina transgender woman with a stunning look, 20. She has an especially keen eye for fashion.

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