Oprah Winfrey will appear as Mavis McCready on OWN's forthcoming drama, "Greenleaf," about the powerful family and its Memphis megachurch, the network announced Thursday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter
, Winfrey is also one of the executive producers for the project, alongside "Lost" and "Six Feet Under" alum Craig Wright and "The Book of Negroes" alum Clement Virgo.
OWN describes the series as a scandal drama.
"Like so many megachurches in America, Greenleaf World Ministries is more than just a house of worship. It’s a home. But beneath its steeple lies a den of iniquity," reads the official description.
"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," wrote the Reporter.
"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's character, Mavis McCready, is the sister of Lady Mae Greenleaf and a confidante of Grace Greenleaf.
Winfrey's past acting credits include "Selma" and the forthcoming OWN drama "Queen Sugar," both from Ava DuVernay. Winfrey also appeared in "The Butler," "Beloved," and "The Color Purple."
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