The ‘Queen Sugar’ Trailer Is Here & It’s EVERYTHING!
We cannot wait for Ava DuVernay’s drama series Queen Sugar to hit TV this September, and after Entertainment Weekly dropped the first trailer we can barely contain our excitement.
Based on Natalie Baszile’s novel, the show is set in rural Louisiana and follows the Bordelon siblings–Nova, Charlotte, and Ralph Angel–as they are forced into a strained partnership to run their family’s ailing farm.
True Blood’s Rutina Wesley assumes the role of Nova, the oldest sister and community activist who’s tasked with keeping her family together. Dawn-Lyen Gardner is Charlotte, the wife of a star basketball player who returns home after she’s hit by a scandal. And Kofi Siriboe plays Ralph Angel, the troubled younger brother who’s fresh from prison and looking to put his life back on track.
DuVernay said the cast was picked because of their spirit.
“I don’t just cast for talent, I cast for spirit,” she explained at a press event in New Orleans. “They came together and created a family.”
The show will debut over two nights–September 6 and 7–on OWN, and the first season will run for 13 episodes, which were all directed by women.
While DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey are under pressure to live up to the hype created by their dynamic partnership, the Selma director isn’t too concerned.
“I don’t know how it’s going to do,” she said earlier this month. “You have to sink into it. It’s a different pace. It’s not going to go fast like a music video.”
We cannot wait!
Take a look at the first trailer via EW below.