Lee Daniels is back with a musical drama and he tells us all about the cast
The four-time Academy Award nominated American producer and director Lee Daniels is back with another musical drama, Star, after
his acclaimed series, Empire. The story follows Jude Demorest (Star), Ryan Destiny (Alex) and Brittany O’Grady (Simpone) who go through several hardships only to find success in the music industry. Daniels (56), who was honoured on Worlds AIDS Day by the Black AIDS Institute for his film Precious (2009), tells us about his future projects.
When you were casting, what was more important: musical talent or acting chops?
Ultimately, I go with the actor. It’s really hard to find someone who can act, to be the definitive character that you’ve written, and can sing.
So when Jude Demorest walked into my office, I knew that the universe was working for me.
Did you write Queen Latifah’s role in Star with her in mind?
I did. She plays Carlotta, who had a hit in the ’90s, but ended up on the streets. Carlotta has turned her life over to God, but she’s still a gangster. She’s a true crossover, similar to what Diana Ross accomplished in the ’60s.
Is there another musical scene or genre that you think would be right for a TV show?
I’m in talks about doing a musical film about my life. I’ve had a pretty interesting life. I’ve been homeless. It’ll have original music.
Star premieres on December 22 at 9 pm on Star World and Star World HD.