NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - When Star, the highly anticipated new series from FOX premieres Wednesday, viewers will watch as creator/producer Lee Daniels' own story of redemption is told through the character, 'Jahil', played by Emmy nominated actor Benjamin Bratt.
Daniels, the genius behind the wildly successful FOX series Empire, struggled with personal issues early in life.
"One thing he does have is the ability to recognize talent and to develop it. That's his artistry. On some level, Lee Daniels developed this character based on himself. He went to Hollywood back in the 90s as a representative of actors and equally could see talent before him, but because of personal issues, spun out. 'Jahil' is potentially a road to redemption for Lee because he clearly turned his life around."
The series co-stars actress and singer Queen Latifah. It follows three girls from desperate backgrounds hoping to become a hip-hop, R&B group in Atlanta.
"This is 'Dream Girls' meets 'Precious," said Bratt.
Catch the special premiere of 'Star' Dec. 14 at 9 p.m.following the season finale of 'Empire.'