We’re still a ways away from Ava DuVernay’s adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time,” but the “Selma” director’s next project will be gracing the small screen later this year. “Queen Sugar,” a new series based on Natalie Baszile’s novel and set to air on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), has just released its first teaser.
The new footage is as all such videos should be: nonexistent in terms of plot but rich in detail and visually arresting. “It’s time to focus on family,” a woman says in voice-over at the beginning; from there it’s a barrage of imagery divorced from narrative: a basketball court, a backyard party, a dilapidated house and several unhappy people. “Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley and Dawn-Lyen Gardner as two sisters: Wesley plays a journalist and activist in New Orleans, Gardner a mother from Los Angeles who moves to Louisiana to move into the 800-acre sugarcane farm she inherited from her father.
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Oprah co-created the series, continuing the collaboration she and DuVernay began on “Selma”; she’ll also have a recurring role. “Queen Sugar” premieres this fall, though OWN has yet to set a date.