Oprah Winfrey in talks to produce, star in HBO film
December 8th, 2010
11:15 AM ET

Oprah Winfrey in talks to produce, star in HBO film

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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  2. She is

    a brainwasher. She has her own religion which people actually follow. WAKE UP PEOPLE.

    December 9, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. scott

    Why does CNN find this arrogant huckster newsworthy?

    December 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Deda

    It ain't broke - Oprah does not need to fix it. LET THE ORIGINAL CAST STAND. If she messes this up like Beloved, The Wedding and Their Eyes are Watching God, I'll be through with her for life!! If you saw Ruined, you'd know what I'm talking about,

    December 8, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tweeting Numbers

    She's a really good actress. It would be good to see Oprah on the silver screen again. And, the story sounds promising.

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    December 8, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
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    December 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. kiki

    I loved Oprah in the color purple! Her role in beloved was awful and the movie was a bit disturbing. This HBO movie sounds interesting....can't wait to see what she brings to this role.

    December 8, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |

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