Winfrey will play the role of Mrs. Which, who helps the children at the story’s center find their missing scientist father, in the Disney-produced adaptation (from a script by Frozen writer/co-director Jennifer Lee). The multimedia mogul was Oscar-nominated for her film debut in 1986’s The Color Purple, but only acted occasionally during her hit daytime talk show’s 22-year run. Since its conclusion, however, she’s taken on more acting work, including roles in The Butler and DuVernay’s Selma, which she also produced.
The pair reteamed for the forthcoming OWN series Queen Sugar, on which both are credited as executive producers; Winfrey also acts, and DuVernay reportedly directs two of the first season’s 13 episodes. And DuVernay’s new documentary The 13th will open the New York Film Festival this fall (the first non-fiction film in the festival’s fifty-plus history to hold that slot).
So long story short: great artists collaborating on a lot of good work. So maybe everything isn’t terrible?