The drama follows three young singers through the ups and downs of the music industry. The cast includes Queen Latifah, Benjamin Bratt, Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady, and Amiyah Scott.
Singing legend Gladys Knight will play herself on Star, which is slated to debut on December 14th at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
THE EMPRESS OF SOUL, GLADYS KNIGHT, TO GUEST-STAR ON AN UPCOMING EPISODE OF “STAR”
Special Premiere of STAR to Air Wednesday, Dec. 14 @ 9/8c, Following EMPIRE’s Fall Finale, on FOX!
Playing her legendary self, GLADYS KNIGHT is Alexandra’s (Ryan Destiny) music idol, and also the aunt of Danielle, who works in Carlotta’s (Queen Latifah) salon. When Danielle arranges for Ms. Knight to introduce the girls at the Taylor Brothers Hair Show, the girls are honored beyond belief.
About Gladys Knight
The great ones endure, and Gladys Knight has long been one of the greatest. Very few singers over the last 50 years have matched her unassailable artistry. The Georgia-born performer is a seven-time Grammy Award winner who has enjoyed No. 1 hits in pop, gospel, R&B and adult contemporary, and has triumphed in film, television and live performance. Most recently, Knight released “Where my Heart Belongs,” a new inspiration gospel album which won an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding Gospel Album.” Finding time to make forays into film and television, Knight’s recent credits include EMPIRE, “Apollo Live,” “Hollywood Homicide” and ” Dancing with the Stars.” Today, Knight and husband William, along with various other members of the family, oversee her busy career from the Las Vegas headquarters of Shakeji, Inc., her personal entertainment corporation. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, performer and businesswoman with a spiritual outlook on her life. She is featured in the upcoming holiday movie “Almost Christmas,” which opens in theaters Friday, Nov. 11.
Featuring a soundtrack of original music and stunning music performances, STAR is an emotional drama that follows three talented, young singers – desperate for a new start and with ambitions of stardom – as they navigate the cut-throat music business. The series stars Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award, Grammy Award and Golden Globe Award winner Queen Latifah (“Bessie,” “Bringing Down The House”) as CARLOTTA and Emmy Award nominee Benjamin Bratt (“24: Live Another Day,” “Law & Order”) as JAHIL, and newcomers Jude Demorest as STAR, Ryan Destiny as ALEXANDRA, Brittany O’Grady as SIMONE and Amiyah Scott as COTTON. The series also will feature guest stars Grammy Award winner Lenny Kravitz (“Lee Daniels’ The Butler,” “The Hunger Games”), supermodel/actress Naomi Campbell (EMPIRE) and Grammy Award-nominated musician and actor Tyrese Gibson (“2 Fast 2 Furious”).
STAR is a production of 20th Century Fox Television in association with Lee Daniels Entertainment. Lee Daniels and Tom Donaghy are the creators and executive producers of the series. Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown also serve as executive producers. Chuck Pratt is an executive producer and serves as showrunner of the series. “Like” STAR on Facebook at facebook.com/STARonFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @STAR and join the discussion by using #Star. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @STARonFOX.”
What do you think? Are you a fan of Gladys Knight? Will you watch Star?