I had the pleasure to personally work on the set of Lee Daniel’s new series STAR, debuting on December 14, following the season 3 finale of Empire. Following its premiere, STAR will move to its permanent time slot on Wednesday, January, 4. As many of you may know, Wednesday’s actually belongs to Empire, but STAR will hold down the fort until Empire’s return in mid-March.
Being on the STAR set, I could feel the camaraderie and the love from not only the cast but also the crew. It was so refreshing to be on a set where everyone works together. You can tell that they genuinely like each other outside of the show.
Star centers around three talented young singers who are desperate for a new start. With ambitions of stardom, they navigate the cut-throat music business. The show has been likened to Dreamgirls, while incorporating the manufacturing of modern-day girl groups, and exploiting cultural themes from a new perspective. Reality hits the girl’s fantasies and they start to learn that ambition often comes at a cost, and at times the cost may be too high.
This music filled drama stars Queen Latifah, who plays Carlotta the owner of an Atlanta beauty salon who has an amazing voice and becomes a surrogate mother, a mentor, and a protector to the three girls even though she doesn’t approve of their musical dreams.
Benjamin Bratt plays Jahil, a down-on-his-luck talent agent looking to revitalize his career, who takes a certain liking to Star.
Newcomers make up the young singers…Jude Demorest in the title role of STAR, a tough-as-nails young woman, who came up in the foster care system and decides one day to take control of her destiny. Star tracks down her sister SIMONE, played by Brittany O’Grady and her Instagram bestie ALEXANDRIA, played by Ryan Destiny and together they journey to Atlanta to be music superstars.
Guest stars will include Lenny Kravitz, Naomi Campbell, and Tyrese Gibson. Naomi Campbell will play Rose Spencer, the beautiful wealthy and cultivated London-born mother of Ryan Destiny’s character Alexandria.
Tyrese Gibson plays Bobby Harris, who is the Pastor over Carlotta’s (Latifah) church, a handsome ex-thug who has turned his life over to God, and begins a relationship with Carlotta. Their romance however will be challenged on so many fronts and will ultimately create a crisis of faith for both of them.
The series will feature original music along with fantasy sequences. Being on the set with the music, all I can say is that the music is outstanding and I can’t wait to hear the rest. I couldn’t get songs out of my head for days they were so good.
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Kim Alsup is an author, blogger, TV/Film correspondent and a member of the Black TV & Film Collective. Kim recently released her novel debut Caught Up! The Life and Times of Shana Lakeman and is the founder of Blacc ATL. Kim resides in Atlanta, GA where she covers entertainment and industry related happenings and events.