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Oprah Winfrey is stepping back in front of the camera on OWN, and not just for her one of her headline-making interviews.
The TV personality and producer is set to recur on her Discovery-owned cable network’s forthcoming drama Greenleaf, OWN announced Thursday.
From Lionsgate TV and Lost and Six Feet Under alum Craig Wright, Greenleaf centers on the unscrupulous world of the Greenleaf family and their sprawling Memphis megachurch, where scandalous secrets and lies are as numerous as the faithful.
Emmy winner Keith David (Community) will play Bishop James Greenleaf, the charming but manipulative leader of Greenleaf World Ministries. Emmy winner Lynn Whitfield (The Josephine Baker Story) will play Bishop’s wife, Lady Mae Greenleaf, a money-loving woman who will do anything to protect her power and her position as the First Lady. Merle Dandridge (The Night Shift) will portray their estranged daughter, Grace Greenleaf, a disillusioned former preacher who returns home after fleeing her contentious family two decades previously. Desiree Ross (Falling Skies) plays Grace’s teenage daughter, Sophia.
Winfrey, who will also exec produce the series, will portray Mavis McCready, the sister of Lady Mae Greenleaf and a close confidante of Grace Greenleaf’s.
The cast also includes Lamman Rucker(Meet the Browns), Kim Hawthorne (Rake), Deborah Joy Winans (Whitney) and Tye White (American Crime Story).
The Book of Negroes‘ Clement Virgo is set to direct the pilot.
Winfrey most recently appeared in Ava DuVernay’s Selma and is also set to recur in DuVernay’s upcoming OWN drama Queen Sugar. Winfrey’s past credits include The Butler, Beloved and The Color Purple, for which she earned an Oscar nomination.
Greenleaf will premiere in 2016 on OWN.
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