Oprah Winfrey will co-create and co-star in a new OWN drama helmed by 'Selma' director Ava DuVernay.

Oprah Winfrey to Co-Star in New OWN Drama from Selma Director

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You get a new drama project! And you get a new drama project! And you get a new drama project!

Queen of Media Oprah Winfrey will co-create and co-star in a new OWN drama helmed by Selma director Ava DuVernay, the network announced Monday.

The project is “inspired by” Natalie Baszile’s novel Queen Sugar, which follows a woman who trades her posh Los Angeles existence for running her recently deceased father’s 800-acre sugar farm in rural Louisiana.

DuVernay will write, direct and executive-produce the drama, which will be her first television series. Winfrey will co-executive-produce and will appear in multiple episodes in a recurring role.

The two women worked together on DuVernay’s Selma.

Winfrey created cable network OWN after her eponymous talk show ended in 2011. Her acting credits include The Color PurpleThe Women of Brewster Place and Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

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  1. Carol says:

    This should be interesting. Ava directed an episode of Scandal – 308 Vermont is for Lovers.
    The episode where Olivia’s mother made her appearance. She did a great job.

  2. Reality says:

    Sounds interesting. This could actually be the show that gets OWN some serious recognition.

  3. uk-usa-tvaddict says:

    I hope that this doesn’t sideline Ava DuVernay. The amount of critical praise that she has gotten for Selma I was hoping that her next project would be more mainstream.

  4. nellie says:

    @Ukusa, Duvernay’s next project is another movie with Oyelowo. A love story set during Hurricane Katrina. This I think she’ll finish up before the movie starts.

  5. puck says:

    Congrats to Ava & Oprah! I Love what Oprah is doing with her Network, she’s building it piece by piece and I’m enjoying every bit of it. Ava DuVernay can multi-task, people do know that, right? I want Oprah to jump on the scifi/zombie bandwagon. Bring it!

  6. Lizo says:

    Sounds awesome!

    • hud says:

      Opera the prophet.Please enough.Go away. Take Tyler Perry, and Dr. Phil with you. Thank whatever god you worship for your legion of fans,all your money. PLEASE GO.15 minutes has been going on for 20 years.