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Lee Daniels Fox Pilot Drama STAR Casting Central Characters Including: Transgender Woman!

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On the heels of the smash hit primetime sudsy drama Empire, creator Lee Daniels and Fox are hard at work putting together the pilot for his next TV project, Star!

At the epicenter of Star ia the story of four young woman trying to make it big in show business with big dreams and aspirations.  According to the official description from the network on the series concept:  “It 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. What will they do to rise to the top?”

Now according to TV Line, casting is already underway for the four core characters which include: a transgender woman named Cotton, 20, who is a half-black, half-Spanish with a “stunning look” and a “keen eye for fashion.”  The other woman are described as:  “Star”, an 18-year-old white woman with a “badass attitude.”   Then there is “Simone”, 16, who is Star’s half-white, half-black sister.  She’s simply described as “tragic and adorable.”  And finally, Alexandra, a black woman around the age of 20. Though she’s described as “elegant” and “classic,” she wants to abandon her “material world” in the hopes of making “real, authentic music.”

So, what do you think of the concept of Star and the characters? Daniels, who is always a trendsetter and one to shed light on an under-represented part of the population is putting a transgender character to the mix, as the trans community has been garnering more media attention of late.  Finally, who would you suggest to the play the four lead characters? Put your casting director hats on, and then share your thoughts below!

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su0000
su0000

New characters will be good..
This season #2 has been over kill of Cookie ..
Cookie, Cookie, Cookie ..
More of Lucious- I like him better than Cookie..
Jamal, I really like him, but all his songs sound much the same ..
Hakeem, I really like him and his songs /music is really good.
Empire is AWESOME!
Looking forward to the new four core characters 🙂

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

su0000, these four characters are for a different show. But I totally agree with you about the Cookie overkill. Too much of a good thing is … well… a bad thing.

davlestev1
davlestev1

Su0000 read the article before commenting. Is a new show casting the PILOT with four characters in the world of entertainment. .. it’s not four characters for empire .. LOL. ..SMH

elm51
elm51

these characters will be for his new show titled star – they are not for empire………

penny
penny

The casting is for a “NEW” show called Star.

su0000
su0000

ooops on me!
thanks for the correction ..

davlestev1
davlestev1

You knew what you were doing su0000 knock it off lol

Alan
Alan

EMPIRE is getting a little one note with its sole focus on the music business — surely Lucious has holdings in some other sort of businesses to mix up the plot a bit.

STAR would do well to focus on the worlds of film and modeling as well as music to open up as many story avenues as possible for its characters.

Mo
Mo

Yes, so tired of all the singing. I get it’s about the music biz, but come on! Stop trying to sell me an album.

Mateo
Mateo

Oh please not another show shoving a trans character down my throat. If I want a quality show on the issues of the transgender community I will keep watching “Transparent” on Amazon. And Lee Daniels is getting a little cocky. Empire is phenomenal but the last thing any one wants is Empire Another Perspective….

sonniorsolita
sonniorsolita

Nobody is shoving anything down your throat. If you want to turn a blind eye to a segment of humanity, change the channel or shut off your TV. There are, oh, about 10,000 shows that don’t feature any transgender characters so you should be able to find something to suit your tastes.

Kelly
Kelly

You don’t have to watch the new show. No one is forcing you to do so. All you have to do is use your remote to change the channel.

Mateo
Mateo

You’re right I do not have to watch anything I choose not to, however….my feelings on the situation are less valid regardless of the lame admonitions I am receiving for speaking my mind. Your feelings are yours and you are entitled to them. However I stand by mine and if I choose to change the channel or turn off my television it will be MY decision and mine alone. Not any one else’s so keep your passive aggressive directions aimed at you or your family and leave me to express my feelings as I see fit. Point and match.

Mo
Mo

We’ll see. I think he needs to concentrate on Empire though. The premiere ep this season wasn’t good. It has improved, but there are areas of improvement. Several of my co-workers who used to love the show are saying they’re going to stop watching.

Anacarrie
Anacarrie

I like Empire. I think it is still good. The season is now 18 episodes so it can’t move as fas paced as last season. Terrence and Taraji are still bringing it and I am loving the focus on Andre. Shows have to develop and can’t be bang, bang every week but like I said, I have no issue with it and I love the music. It’s about a music company and both Timbaland and Neyo are handling the music so I expect to see performances. But to each its own.

Jane
Jane

Oh god now here comes more crappy shows in the works, just wait. We had cop shows, hospital shows, talk shows, reality shows, now empire and another show in development. If I misses something please.

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EMPIRE Season Six Premiere: Andre Is In For A Shocker

When Fox’s music biz soap opera, Empire returns for its sixth and final season (kicking off this Tuesday, September 24th, 9/8c) the opener features cancer survivor, Andre Lyon (Trai Byers) in charge of the Lyon dynasty – with his dad, Luscious completely MIA.

But when addressing the company staff on some changes within the structure of the organization and his plans, he is stunned when none other than Tracy (Amanda Detmer), that’s previously referred to and known as “White Tracy’” (due to her crack addiction), shows up with a soapy bombshell during the meeting.

The mother of Andre’s deceased half-brother, Jeff Kingsley saunters in and announces, “I’m Empire’s newest co-owner!”   And with that, season six begins its arc with a battle for control that will be front and center.

Tracy wants payback and has an ax to grind.  In the season 5 finale, she told the Lyon clan that her decision to donate her son’s heart to save Andre would come with strings attached, but did anyone expect she would go this far?  Yup!  Watch the teaser below for Tuesday’s night’s first episode of the  final season.

Meanwhile, the season six key art featuring series stars: Taraji P Henson (Cookie) and Terrence Howard  (Luscious) in the same position as the famous scene in the motion picture Titanic has with it the saying “Rule to the end”.   Who will be left standing when the series comes to its exciting and emotional conclusion?

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Now let us know, what do you think of the Tracy twist? Share your thoughts via the comment section.

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‘Empire’ Final Season: Official Word No Jussie Smollett, Vivica A Fox To Series Regular, Spin-Offs Possible After Series Concludes

Plenty of news coming out of the Fox TCA panels and executive session.  Most notable was drama surrounding the sixth and final season of the sudsy Empire.

According to Fox CEO Charlie Collier when talk of potential spin-offs of the series came up: “We’re in the Lee Daniels and Danny Strong business — if there is more story to tell we want to hear it.”  Collier, referencing the series creators.

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Collier also noted that a big send-off is planned for the series as its heads to its final episodes.  In addition, the CEO officially revealed after all the speculation that Jussie Smollett (Ex-Jamal Lyon), would not be returning to Empire for its final season.

Charlie noted, “There’s no plan for Jussie to return.”  Smollett got in trouble with the law in Chicago back in January, over an alleged hate crime, the actor claimed was perpetrated on him, when later he was charged for setting the whole thing up himself, and later those charges later dropped,   But Jussie’s problems with the Windy City are continuing hot and heavy this week.

Finally, soap opera favorite, Vivica A. Fox (Generations, DAYS) has been upped to series regular in her role as Candace.  As Empire viewers know, Candace is the older sister to Cookie Lyon, played by Taraji P. Henson.

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So, would you like to see an Empire spin-off?  Happy or sad that Jussie Smollett is not coming back to the series before it says goodbye/ Looking forward to more Vivica? Comment below.

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Jussie Smollett Will Not Return To ‘Empire’ Relates Lee Daniels; 911 Call Released Of His Alleged Attack

The co-creator of Fox’s sudsy Empire, Lee Daniels, confirmed yesterday that actor/singer Jussie Smollett will not return to the series for its final season, after the renewal pick-up of the show’s sixth and final season was announced, where it left Smollett’s fate with the series a big ambiguous.

How the final blow of any possibility of Smollett’s return came to light was when Daniels was responding to a Variety report in which multiple production sources said that writing staff was breaking ideas for the final season with the expectation that Smollett would appear in the back half of the 18 planned episodes. However, Daniels strongly expressed upon that item that: “Jussie will NOT be returning to Empire.”

Smollett was written out of the final episodes of the show’s fifth season in the aftermath and backlash stemming from that he faked a hate crime against himself earlier this year in Chicago.

In addition on Wednesday, the city of Chicago (TMZ had already beat them to it) released 911 calls where a friend of Smollett’s called for help following his alleged attack.  A man (later identified as Smollett’s manager, Frank Gatson) said he “works with an artist” told the  operator that the victim did not want to file a report with authorities, but he was going to ‘make’ him.”

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The caller added that the victim said the attackers put a noose around his neck expressing: “What’s really weird ma’m, just ‘cus I’m scared and I don’t know what it is, they put a noose around his neck.  They didn’t do anything with it, but put it around his neck. That’s pretty f—d up to me — sorry for saying it like that.”

A second 911 call was apparently made 15 minutes later after the police had not yet responded to the first call, where the caller said about Smollett, “He was jumped on the street and we’re just trying to report it.”

So, what do you think of the news that Smollett is definitely out of the final season of Empire? What do you think of the 911 call? Share your thoughts via the comment section below.

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