December 8th, 2010
11:15 AM ET
She may be retiring from the talk-show business but Oprah Winfrey isn't giving up on her acting ambitions. The TV titan is set to produce and star in an HBO Films adaptation of the Pulitzer prize-winning 2009 off-Broadway play, "Ruined."
Deadline.com reports that Winfrey – whose last major role was in the 1998 drama "Beloved" – is expected to play Mama Nadi, a madam who runs a brothel in war-torn Congo and attempts to keep herself and her girls from getting caught between the rebel armies and the government.
Though 56-year-old Winfrey received an Oscar nomination for her role as Sofia in 1985's "The Color Purple," "Beloved" received a critical bashing.
The new year promises to be a busy one for Winfrey. Besides launching OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network on January 1, she's also planning to star opposite Sandra Bullock and Meryl Streep in a comedy revolving around a home shopping channel.
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