Meet the Cast of “Star,” Lee Daniels’ New Show on Fox

If you like Empire, then you’ll love Fox’s new series Star, the new show from Lee Daniels that he and the network are hoping will be as big as (or even bigger than) Empire.

Star‘s premiere episode debuts tonight on Fox at 9 pm EST, immediately following Empire’s mid-season finale, which airs at 8 pm. The second episode of Star will air on Wednesday, January 4th.

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Like Empire, Star is an emotionally powerful drama that features a soundtrack of original music and stunning performances. The new Fox series follows a trio of talented young singers who are running from their pasts and are desperate for a new start, with ambitions of stardom as they navigate the cut-throat music business together.

STAR: Jude Demorest in the special premiere of STAR airing Wednesday, Dec. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. STAR makes its time period premiere with an all-new episode Wednesday, Jan. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: FOX

Star is not only the name of the show, but also the lead character’s name (portrayed by newcomer Jude Demorest). Star is described as a “tough-as-nails young woman” who was brought up in the foster care system, and one days decides to take control of her destiny. She tracks down her sister Simone (played by newcomer Brittany O’Grady) and links up with her Instagram bestie Alexandria (newcomer Ryan Destiny), and together, the three ladies travel to Atlanta with the hope of becoming music superstars.

The series also features an illustrious cast of Emmy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winners like Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt and Lenny Kravitz. Supermodel turned actress Naomi Campbell will also make appearances, and Terrence Howard will make a crossover appearance as Lucious Lyon from Empire.

Meet the cast of “Star” below:

Jude Demorest as Star

STAR: Jude Demorest in the special premiere of STAR airing Wednesday, Dec. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. STAR makes its time period with an all-new episode Wednesday, Jan. 4 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2016 Fox Broadcasting Co. CR: Tommy Garcia/FOX

Actress Jude Demorest stars in the series’ lead role as Star, a determined young woman who grew up in the foster care sytem and is hoping to live up to her name. Though Star marks her network debut in a series regular role, Demorest has had bit parts in shows like The Middle and Dallas, as well as the 2014 film Bipolar.

In addition to acting, Demorest is also a musician and songwriter. She co-wrote the Fifth Harmony single “Work From Home” (which was featured on the soundtrack for the 2016 movie Bad Moms) and she performed the song “Get Me to the Party” for 2015’s Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip.

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