The singer/actress will lead the cast of the as-yet-untitled pilot which focuses on the rise of an all-female singing group from Atlanta, Georgia.

Latifah is set to play the owner of a local beauty salon who mentors the girl group, according to The Wrap.

The show will mark the Grammy winner's first starring TV role since hit 1990s sitcom Living Single.

Hip-hop producer Swizz Beatz, whose wife Alicia Keys currently has a recurring role on Empire, will create the music for the new series.

Daniels previously revealed details of the programme during the Television Critics Association's summer press tour in August (15), citing top female artists such as The Supremes, TLC and Destiny's Child as his inspiration for the new project.