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More casting news for “Queen Sugar”

Several more characters have been cast in Ava DuVernay’s new TV show Queen Sugar, based on Natalie Baszile’s novel of the name that follow the trials and tribulations of a group of sublings trying to save teh fmaily sugar cane farm. So far we already have Bordelon siblings Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) cast. Here’s the scoop on the newly announced cast members:

  • Tina Lifford (Minority Report, Scandal) will portray Violet Bordelon, the aunt to the Bordelon siblings, described as a spunky woman involved in a long-term relationship with a younger man, played by Omar Dorsey (Django Unchained)

    Tina Lifford
  • DondrĂ© Whitfield (Mistresses)will play Remy Newell, a trusted friend working on the Bordelon land as a water irrigation specialist
  • Timon Kyle Durrett (72 Hours) Davis West, a professional basketball player married to Bordelion sibling Charley
  • Nicholas L. Ashe (Are We There Yet?) will play Micha, Davis and Charley’s 15-year-old son who, despite a privileged life, is grounded and has a great relationship with his parents.

Rutina Wesley returns to the South for Ava DuVernay’s “Queen Sugar”

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.