Bianca Lawson, Greg Vaughan and Henry G. Sanders have joined the cast of the new original OWN drama series “Queen Sugar,” from Ava DuVernay, produced by Warner Horizon Television.
The series, which kicked off production in Louisiana and Los Angeles earlier this month, 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.
Lawson will play Darla, the ex-girlfriend of Ralph Angel and mother of their 6-year-old son Blue, whom she has been prevented from seeing as she battles drug addiction; Vaughan is Calvin, a cop and longtime lover of Nova, who shares a deep connection with her despite being married; and Sanders will play Prosper Denton, a farmer and old friend of Ernest (Glynn Turman).
Also, Neema Barnette has joined the series’ directing and producing team.
Previous cast members not mentioned above include Tina Lifford, Dondré Whitfield, Timon Kyle Durrett and Nicholas L. Ashe.
The series is executive produced by Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay, who developed “Queen Sugar” for television, wrote its pilot episode and will direct multiple episodes of the show’s first season.