First Look To Ava DuVernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ For OWN

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First Look To Ava DuVernay’s ‘Queen Sugar’ For OWN
Posted by Wilson Morales

June 22, 2016

Queen Sugar

OWN’s has released a first look to its new original drama series Queen Sugar, from Ava DuVernay and Warner Horizon Television.

The cast includes Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe, Omar Dorsey, Tina Lifford, Dondré Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett and Nicholas L. Ashe; with Oprah Winfrey set to appear in a recurring role.

DuVernay will write, direct and exec produce the drama, adapted from the novel “Queen Sugar” by Natalie Baszile. “Queen Sugar” marks DuVernay’s first television series and Winfrey’s acting debut on OWN.

As stated in The New York Times, “The film will feature an all-female directorial team, with many of the candidates pulled from a pool of African-American independent film directors.” They are Neema Barnette, Kat Candler, Ava DuVernay, Tina Mabry, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Tanya Hamilton, So Yong Kim, and Victoria Mahoney.

Queen Sugar all-female directors

The series centers on the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings – Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) – who come together after a family tragedy to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South. Production begins this month in Lousiana and Los Angeles.

Lifford plays Violet Bordelon, the aunt to the Bordelon siblings, a spunky woman involved in a long-term relationship with the younger Hollywood Desonier (Omar Dorsey). Whitfield is Remy Newell, a trusted friend working on the Bordelon land as a water irrigation specialist. Durrett plays Davis West, a charismatic and respected professional basketball player married to Charley Bordelon West (Gardner) who becomes embroiled in a public scandal with his teammates. Ashe plays Davis and Charley’s 15-year-old son Micah, who despite a privileged life, is grounded and has a great relationship with his parents.


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