Network signs Rutina Wesley to star in original dramatic series, 'Queen
19, 2016) 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.
The classically trained Wesley is perhaps best known for co-starring as
Tara Thornton in the critically acclaimed drama series "True Blood,"
which ran for seven seasons on HBO. She had a prominent recurring role
on the acclaimed NBC drama "Hannibal" and recently guest starred in
multiple episodes of The CW/Warner Bros. Television hit action-drama
Wesley co-starred in the hit 2015 Screen Gems film "The Perfect Guy" and
previously appeared on Broadway in David Hare's "The Vertical Hour,"
opposite Julianne Moore. She began her career with a starring role in
the independent feature film "How She Move," which debuted at the 2007
Sundance Film Festival. Wesley is a graduate of the drama division of
the renowned Juilliard School.
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