Guess Who Ava DuVernay Is Hiring to Help Direct Upcoming "Queen Sugar"?

We're already excited about our MAKER Ava DuVernay's upcoming television series, "Queen Sugar," and now things just got even better.

When asked about the directorial team she's hiring for the series she mentioned:

"We're hiring an all-women directorial team, so a lot of women that we know from the black independent film space that I won't announce that yet," she said in a conversation with ReelBlack at the Sundance Film Festival.

She added, "It's an exciting time to really just invite women into the show and really try to tell the story of this family of really strong women who do an amazing thing in Saint Josephine, Louisiana."

The 13-episode series will air on OWN and will be co-produced by yet another fabulous MAKER Oprah Winfrey. Winfrey will also star in "Queen Sugar," making it the first time she's appeared on screen in a scripted series on OWN.

"Queen Sugar" is based on Natalie Baszile's novel about an African American woman who must leave her life in Los Angeles after suddenly inheriting a sugarcane farm in Louisiana.

Get to know MAKER and director Ava DuVernay in her exclusive MAKERS story in the video above.

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