According to a new report, talk-show maven and pop culture tour de force Oprah Winfrey is considering a dramatic acting role. Deadline Hollywood reports that Winfrey is in talks to star in an HBO Films adaptation of Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize-winning play, "Ruined."
Winfrey and Kate Forte will act as executive producers for the film, with the playwright adapting the script. The story follows Mama Nadi, a madam at a brothel in war-torn Congo. Nadi tries to keep herself and her women from getting into trouble with the government and rebel armies.
Winfrey recently made a cameo on "30 Rock." She has taken on dramatic roles in the past, including 1998's "Beloved," directed by Jonathan Demme, and Steven Spielberg's 1985 drama "The Color Purple." Winfrey is also attached to show her more comic side in a Michael Patrick King ("Sex and the City") flick about the world of home shopping networks starring
Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock.
Winfrey has also worked in film behind the scenes. She was one of the forces behind "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," and is working with HBO on an adaptation of "America: In the King Years," based on the Taylor Branch books about Martin Luther King Jr. Winfrey will wrap up her 25-year run as the host of her talk show in September 2011 and will launch her new network, OWN: The Oprah Winfrey Network, in January 2011.
"I love this show. This show has been my life. And I love it enough to know when it's time to say goodbye," she said when she announced the end of her talk-show run. "Twenty-five years feels right in my bones, and it feels right in my spirit. It's the perfect number — the exact right time. So I hope that you will take this 18-month ride with me right through to the final show."