Rutina Wesley to star in OWN’s new original series “Queen Sugar” — from Ava DuVernay and Warner Horizon Television

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Rutina Wesley (“True Blood”) has been tapped for a series regular role in the new original series “Queen Sugar,” from award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“Selma”) for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and produced by Warner Horizon Television.

In the series, Wesley will star as Nova Bordelon, 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.

Executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and DuVernay, the series is based on Natalie Baszile’s acclaimed novel Queen Sugar. DuVernay developed “Queen Sugar” for television, wrote its pilot episode and will direct multiple episodes of the show’s first season.