Benjamin Bratt is set to co-star opposite Queen Latifah in Fox’s untitled pilot from Empire co-creator Lee Daniels (aka Star). Co-written by Daniels and Tom Donaghy and directed by Daniels, the pilot follows three young women (Jude Demorest, Ryan Destiny, Brittany O’Grady), who form a girl group with hopes of making it big in the music industry, and the choices with which they’re faced along the way. Bratt will play Jahil, a talent manager with impeccable taste, a hidden life and a drive for redemption who believes his new client Star (Demorest) and her group are his ticket back to the top. Queen Latifah plays Carlotta, a former client and flame of Jahil’s who now owns an Atlanta beauty salon and is a surrogate mother to the three girls.
The untitled pilot, from 20th TV, is executive produced by Daniels, Donaghy, Pamela Oas Williams and Effie Brown. Filming is slated to begin in Atlanta this month.
This marks Law & Order alum Bratt’s return to Fox, where he co-starred in the event series 24: Live Another Day. He next will be seen in the sequel Ride Along 2, The Infiltrator opposite Bryan Cranston, Ricky Gervais’ Special Correspondents and Ric Roman Waugh’s Shot Caller. He is repped by WME, Circle of Confusion and attorney Robert Myman.