Oprah Winfrey to Star in Adaptation of Pulitzer Prize-Winning Play RUINED

     December 7, 2010

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Continuing her quest for worldwide media domination, Oprah Winfrey is now in talks to star in the film adaptation of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play Ruined. The play ran off-Broadway to much critical acclaim, and focuses on Mama Nadi, a Madam at a brothel in war-torn Congo, who struggles to keep herself and the women working for her safe from the conflict between the government and rebel armies. Winfrey, who is producing through her Harpo Productions alongside HBO Films, would star as Nadi. Deadline reports that the script is currently being written by Nottage herself.

Last seen onscreen in 1998’s Beloved, Winfrey most recently campaigned for the role in 2008’s Doubt that eventually went to Viola Davis. In October, it was announced that Winfrey, who is currently in the middle of the final season of her syndicated daytime talk show, will be teaming up with Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock for a Universal comedy from writer/director Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City). Ruined is one of several projects that Winfrey and her Harpo Productions have set up at HBO, as they also have plans to adapt Taylor Branch’s book trilogy America: In the King Years for a 7-part miniseries.

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