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Rutina Wesley Lands Lead in OWN's Ava DuVernay Drama Queen Sugar

Life is about to get a whole lot sweeter for True Blood‘s Rutina Wesley.

The actress has landed a starring role in Queen Sugar, the new OWN drama from director Ava DuVernay (Selma).

Wesley will play Nova Bordelon, described in a network release as “a formidable journalist and activist based in New Orleans. Her life, and that of her brother and their extended family, undergoes significant change when her sister, Charley, returns to Louisiana from Los Angeles to help run the family sugarcane farm.”

Based on Natalie Baszile’s novel of the same name, Queen Sugar will be executive-produced by DuVernay, who wrote the pilot episode and will direct multiple Season 1 episodes, and Oprah Winfrey.

Wesley most recently recurred on Season 3 of Hannibal and guest-starred on a recent episode of Arrow.

Excited to see Wesley back in series-regular mode? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

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13 Comments
  1. Ian says:

    Yes! Im so happy for her!
    I’ll have to read this book now.

  2. Jake says:

    Love her, glad she is doing this… will watch for sure!

  3. NM says:

    No mention of her six and half season stint on True Blood?

  4. Annie says:

    Dude. Dude. *so* ready for this.

  5. herman1959 says:

    Man, I don’t get OWN…this sounds so good.