Cicely Tyson has signed on as a series regular in Ava DuVernay’s upcoming anthology romance series Cherish the Day.
The screen legend will play Miss Luma Lee Langston, a star of stage and screen in decades past, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced Tuesday.
Tyson is perhaps best known for her performances in Sounder, The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, A Woman Called Moses and The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. She most recently had a recurring role on ABC’s How to Get Away with Murder.
Over the years, Tyson has won multiple awards and she recently received an honorary Oscar.
“Last November I was honored to present Ms. Tyson with her Honorary Academy Award, so to have the opportunity to work with this force of nature who has inspired multiple generations with her talent and grace is beyond anything I can describe,” DuVernay said in a statement. “I am over the moon that Miss Tyson will bring Miss Luma Lee Langston to life in Cherish the Day.”
Tyson joins previously announced leads Xosha Roquemore and Alano Miller who play Gently James and Evan Fisher in the new romantic anthology. The show is DuVernay’s second series on OWN since creating Queen Sugar.
Each season of Cherish the Day will chronicle the romance of one couple, with each episode spanning a single day, according to OWN.
The series is created and executive produced by DuVernay through Array Filmworks from Warner Horizon Scripted Television. Cherish the Day is set to premiere in the winter of 2020.