Category Archives: Lee Daniels

FILM. Jay-Z To Produce Lee Daniels’ Richard Pryor Biopic.

Variety’s Dave McNary reports…

Lee Daniels has committed to directing The Weinstein Company’s Richard Pryor biopic with Jay Z on board to produce.

The Weinstein Company had decided in May to postpone the project, titled “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said,” after Daniels, the showrunner of Fox’s hit series “Empire,” left the helming gig when he was unable to fit the movie shoot into his schedule. A start date is now set for early 2017.

The movie’s cast had been previously announced as Mike Epps as Pryor, Oprah Winfrey as his grandmother, and Kate Hudson as Pryor’s widow Jennifer Lee Pryor.

The script has been written by Bill Condon. The title of the movie is taken from Pyror’s Grammy-winning live album, released in 1975.

TV. Naomi Campbell Lands Role On Lee Daniels New Fox Series ‘Star’.

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Variety reports, “Supermodel Naomi Campbell has been cast in Lee Daniels’ newest Fox’s musical series, ‘Star.’ Campbell will play Rose Spencer, a beautiful and wealthy Londoner. Campbell has appeared in several other television series, her most recent being Lee Daniels’ other Fox drama, “Empire.”

‘Star,’ which debuts midseason, centers around three young women who form a girl group with hopes of making it big in the music industry. The project has been described in the vein of ‘Dreamgirls,’ while incorporating the manufacturing of modern-day girl groups, showcasing the allure and heartache of the cut-throat music scene, and exploring cultural themes from a new perspective.

Other cast members include Queen LatifahBenjamin Bratt, and newcomers Jude DemorestRyan DestinyBrittany O’Grady, and Amiyah ScottLenny Kravitz will also make a guest appearance on the show.”