Word on the street is that Oprah is in talks to star in an HBO adaptation of Lynn Nottage’s Ruined.
Now I’m not ashamed to say that I love Oprah but I think I love Ruined more. It was one of the most affecting and moving plays I’ve ever seen. And something seems wrong about putting such big star power in this play. Especially because when I think of Oprah acting, I think of The Color Purple. And somehow, the associative implications of Oprah’s acting and her “brand” feel like they’d be doing the play a disservice.
I will say though, that with Oprah the play would get a larger audience, and that might be worth it in itself, especially for such a worthy issue and theme.