Empire fox hit drama series director Lee Daniels is a week shy of premiering his new show ‘Star’ and it’s a show many can’t wait to see. The film director visited The Real this week to discuss why he decided to cast Jude Demorest, a white woman who will be playing Star Davis, as the lead role. Initially, he was weary of labeling her as the lead actress, but he did anyway because he felt that it challenged racial tension in today’s America.
“In the beginning, [the story] is told through a white girl’s perspective because I felt that the country instinctively, I thought needed to heal,” Daniels said. “And I think that this white girl is so fabulous that black people will embrace her and white people will embrace her.”
The director added that the series also touches on current events and politics. “I wanted to explore politics, as I do with most of my work, what’s going on right now in America,” he said. “So we explore the excitement.