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Queen Latifah to star in Lee Daniels' drama pilot

The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) Queen Latifah is starring in a new drama pilot from filmmaker Lee Daniels, the co-creator of Fox TV's "Empire."

The untitled Fox pilot is about three young women trying to make it in the music industry. Latifah plays Carlotta, a beauty salon owner who becomes a surrogate mom to the trio, the network said.

After open auditions, three newcomers were cast as the aspiring singers: Jude Demorest and Ryan Destiny, both from Detroit, Michigan, and Brittany O'Grady from Washington, D.C.

Musician-actress Latifah starred in NBC's live production of "The Wiz" last week and played the famed blues singer Bessie Smith in the Emmy-winning HBO movie, "Bessie."

The pilot, which could be the basis for a series, begins production this month in Atlanta.

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