OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network has unveiled the names of the main cast for wine country drama, The Kings of Napa.
The series, about a wealthy Black family in the Napa Valley wine business, will star Ebonee Noel, Yaani King Mondschein, Karen LeBlanc, and Rance Nix.
[The photo above shows L-R Ebonee Noel, Yaani King Mondschein, Karen LeBlanc, Rance Nix]
The drama from Warner Bros. Television is created by writer-producer Janine Sherman Barrois, whose credits include Claws and Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. Sherman Barrois will serve as showrunner and executive produce the series alongside Michelle Listenbee Brown and Oprah Winfrey.
Here’s the official description from OWN: “The Kings of Napa is focused on a gorgeous and picturesque Napa Valley, California vineyard owned by the Kings, an aspirational African American family whose wealth and status lands them on the pages of design magazines and society pages. The wine business has brought the family success and acclaim, but following the patriarch’s sudden exit from the company, his three children must grapple for the reigns to the kingdom — to their own power, wealth, and legacy.”
Academy Award-winning filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry (Hair Love) will direct the first two episodes, with production set to begin later this year for an early 2022 premiere on OWN.
Below are details on the show’s main cast.
Ebonee Noel (FBI, Wrecked) plays the role of August King, the middle King sibling and the family’s brilliant marketing whiz. She is passionate about wine and always looking for new ways to expand the business.
Rance Nix (Zero Issue, Amsterdam Ave.) plays the role of Dana King, August’s older brother and the savvy CFO of the winery. He and August often butt heads when it comes to the family business.
Karen LeBlanc (Ransom, Jack Ryan) plays the role of Vanessa King, the matriarch of the King family. Vanessa is a former news reporter who gave up her career to help run the winery in Napa. She and her husband Reginald seemingly had a picture-perfect marriage — until she discovered things about his past.
Yaani King Mondschein (For All Mankind, Bad Hair) plays the role of Bridgette Peele, August’s cousin and right hand who works as the vineyard manager for King Estate Wines. When secrets threaten to change the family forever, her life turns upside down.