Dan Snierson
October 20, 2015 AT 11:08 PM EDT

Lee Daniels is casting a wide net in the search for his new Star

Fox announced on Tuesday that the Empire co-creator and executive producer will begin production on his new music drama pilot, Star, in December in Atlanta. He has also launched an international casting search for the show’s four main roles — including a transgender character — who play young artists with chart-topping aspirations who must navigate the pleasures and pitfalls of the music industry.  

The Star pilot, which was first announced in August during Fox’s TCA sessions, is being written, directed and executive-produced by Daniels. Tom Donaghy (The Whole Truth) is serving as an executive producer and Daniels’ co-writer on the pilot.

This is the first project to come from Daniels’ overall deal with 20th Century Fox TV that was signed in June.

Here’s the breakdown of Star‘s roles, per Fox:

STAR: “Character is a Caucasian female, 18 years old (actor must be 18 years of age or over). She’s a tough chick with a badass attitude.”

ALEXANDRA: “Character is an African-American female, about 20 (actor must be 18 years of age or over). She’s an elegant yet classic beauty. Alexandra wants to put this material world behind her so she can make real, authentic music.”

SIMONE: “Character is half African-American, half Caucasian, Star’s younger sister, 16 years old (actor must be 18 years of age or over). Tragic and adorable.

COTTON: “Character is a half African-American and half Latina transgender woman with a stunning look, 20 (actor must be 18 years of age or over). She has an especially keen eye for fashion.”

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