Tina Lifford (Parenthood), Dondré Whitfield (Mistresses), Timon Kyle Durrett (Single Ladies) and Nicholas L. Ashe (The Lion King – National Tour) have signed on as series regulars on OWN’s new original drama series Queen Sugar, from Ava DuVernay and Warner Horizon Television.
The series chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings – Nova (Rutina Wesley), Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner) and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe) – who come together after a family tragedy to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South. Production begins this month in Lousiana and Los Angeles.
Lifford plays Violet Bordelon, the aunt to the Bordelon siblings, a spunky woman involved in a long-term relationship with the younger Hollywood Desonier (Omar Dorsey). Whitfield is Remy Newell, a trusted friend working on the Bordelon land as a water irrigation specialist. Durrett plays Davis West, a charismatic and respected professional basketball player married to Charley Bordelon West (Gardner) who becomes embroiled in a public scandal with his teammates. Ashe plays Davis and Charley’s 15-year-old son Micah, who despite a privileged life, is grounded and has a great relationship with his parents.
The series is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay. DuVernay developed Queen Sugar for television, wrote its pilot episode and will direct multiple episodes of the show’s first season. Neema Barnette also has boarded the series as a director and producer.
Lifford is repped by Pakula/King & Associates. Whitfield is with Don Buchwald & Associates and Alchemy Entertainment. Durrett is repped by Susan Fincham, at David Shapira & Associates.