Lee Daniels’ drama ‘Star’ premieres on Fox

December 9, 2016 GMT

Kimberly C. Roberts

Following the shocking Season Three fall finale of “Empire,” Fox rolls out airing at a special time the series premiere of “Star,” the latest drama by Philadelphia native and “Empire” creator Lee Daniels in collaboration with Tom Donaghy.

On Wednesday, “Empire” opens the night at a one-time-only 8 p.m. start time, followed at 9 p.m. by “Star,” featuring Golden Globe and Grammy Award winner Queen Latifah.

According to the network, “Star,” which features a soundtrack of original music and “stunning music performances,” is an emotionally powerful drama that follows three talented young singers desperate for a new start and with ambitions of stardom as they navigate the cutthroat music business.

Star (newcomer Jude Demorest), a tough-as-nails young woman who came up in the foster care system, decides one day to take control of her destiny. She tracks down her sister, Simone (newcomer Brittany O’Grady), and her Instagram bestie, Alexandra (newcomer Ryan Destiny), and together the trio journeys to Atlanta to become music superstars. Amiyah Scott, yet another newcomer, appears in the role of Cotton. “I like the concept of girl groups and their story, and how they got there,” director Lee Daniels revealed to Fox.com from the set of of “Star.”

“He’s been conceiving this show in his brain. It’s now boots on the ground. It’s like every day is exciting! Every day is thrilling. Every day, you don’t know exactly what’s going to happen!” added Queen Latifah, who plays Carlotta, a surrogate mother to the young trio.

Emmy nominee Benjamin Bratt rounds out the cast as Jahil, a down-on-his-luck talent agent looking to revitalize his career who has taken a certain shine to Star. Reality soon encroaches on the girls’ fantasies, and they start to learn that ambition comes at a cost, and sometimes that cost is too high.

Guest stars on the show include supermodel/actress Naomi Campbell and recording artist/actor Tyrese, as well as Grammy Award-winning rock and soul superstar Lenny Kravitz, who plays Alexandra’s callous, self-centered rock star father, Roland Crane.

“The character Roland Crane is nothing near me. We are musicians, but he’s not supportive of what his daughter’s doing,” Lenny Kravitz reveals during an interview on Fox.com. “I think audiences will like this character. Even though he may not be the sweetest guy, his pull enables the character of my daughter to fight harder, and that’s actually something that I went through as a young artist. People watching this show will be inspired to fight for what it is they believe in. I don’t know where this script is going to go, but I’m sure there’s going to be some kind of evolution.”

“Star” premieres in its regular time period with an all-new episode on Wednesday, Jan. 4 at 9 p.m.