Oprah, Ava DuVernay Teaming Up for Drama Series on OWN

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Selma director Ava DuVernay and Oprah are reteaming for DuVernay's first TV drama project, OWN announced today. DuVernay will write, direct, and executive-produce a drama series for OWN based on Natalie Baszile's book Queen Sugar, with Oprah executive-producing and appearing in a recurring role. Queen Sugar (which was an O magazine book of the week) is about a young widow who packs up her Los Angeles life and moves, with her tween daughter, to the Louisiana sugarcane farm she just inherited from her father. Would you believe it's a rocky transition? No word yet on additional casting, but the show is scheduled to go into production later this year.