Tyrese Gibson Joins Fox's Star as Love Interest for Queen Latifah

Michael Ausiello

Lee Daniels’ forthcoming Fox drama Star is playing fast and furious with its casting.

Tyrese Gibson is joining the music-themed series as a recurring love interest for Queen Latifah’s quasi-matriarch Carlotta, TVLine has learned. Gibson’s character, Pastor Bobby Harris, presides over Carlotta’s warm congregation. A handsome ex-thug who has turned his life over to God, Bobby begins a relationship with Carlotta. Their romance will be challenged on many fronts and which will ultimately create a crisis of faith for them both.

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Gibson confirmed the news on social media late Thursday, and included a first look of him and Latifah hugging it out. This marks Gibson’s most significant TV gig to date. The actor-singer is best known for his starring role in the Fast & Furious film franchise.

Featuring a soundtrack of original music and music performances, Star follows three talented singers — Star (played by Jude Demorest), Alexandra (Ryan Destiny) and Simone (Brittany O’ Grady) — desperate for a new start and with ambitions of stardom, as they navigate the cut-throat music business on their road to success.

Daniels’ much-heralded follow-up to Empire recently made a significant behind-the-scenes tweak, bringing in Young and the Restless scribe Chuck Pratt Jr. to replace Charles Murray as showrunner.

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