Rutina Wesley will head South once again. The True Blood alum has been tapped to star in OWN’s original TV series Queen Sugar, based on the novel by Natalie Baszile. She will portray Nova, a journalist/activist living in New Orleans whose life is altered when her sister returns to Louisiana to help run the failing family sugar cane farm after a tragedy strikes.
Ava DuVernay will write/direct/executive produce the drama. Oprah Winfrey will also be an executive producer, and will have a recurring role. Last time Ava and Oprah teamed up, we got Selma, so this could be really good.