Ava DuVernay’s OWN Series ‘Queen Sugar’ Adds Three to Cast

New show is set to start shooting this month

Ava DuVernay‘s OWN series “Queen Sugar” has added three actors to the cast as it heads into production.

Bianca Lawson (“Pretty Little Liars”), Greg Vaughan (“Days of Our Lives”), and Henry G. Sanders (“Selma”) have joined the cast of the new original drama series.

The show, which will begin production in Louisiana and Los Angeles this month, chronicles the lives of the estranged Bordelon siblings — Nova (Rutina Wesley, “True Blood”); Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner, “Unforgettable”); and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe, “Awkward”) — who come together after a family tragedy to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South.

Lawson will portay Darla, the ex-girlfriend of Ralph Angel and mother of their son, 6-year-old Blue, who she has been prevented from seeing as she battles drug addiction.

Vaughan portrays Calvin, a cop and longtime lover of Nova, who shares a deep connection with her despite being married. Sanders, in a recurring role, portrays Prosper Denton, a farmer and old friend of Ernest (guest star Glynn Turman).

The series is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, DuVernay and Melissa Carter. DuVernay developed “Queen Sugar” for television, wrote its pilot and will direct multiple episodes of the show’s first season. Warner Horizon Television produces the show.

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