Oprah’s “New” Film Role: A Departure From Period Movies

Movies & TV

The queen of daytime talk is wrapping up her 25th year on the talk show circuit, just celebrated her 600th week as the number one daytime show on the air and will be headed to her OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) network come January 2011. So what’s left for a multi-tasking, billionaire mogul to do? Head back to a starring role on the big screen.

Oprah Winfrey has been tapped along with Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock to star in an upcoming ensemble comedy. The movie will center around a Home Shopping-type network and will follow the characters as they navigate their lives through the worlds of marketing, media and marriages.

Sex And The City movie scribe and director Michael Patrick King will write and direct this untitled comedy (He also served as executive producer for the SATC HBO series.) King told Deadline Hollywood it was great, “to craft a character for Oprah to come back and play that’s not Oprah.”

Oprah was last seen in the 1998 slave era film Beloved and has often portrayed matriarchal characters in period roles in her career— most notably in The Color Purple, Native Son and The Women of Brewster Place.—Ronke Idowu Reeves

So what do you think? Can Oprah Winfrey play a modern woman role that’s not Oprah? Tell us  your thoughts.