Rutina Wesley Heads From 'True Blood' to Rwanda for Biopic

It's a long way from Bon Temps, La, to Rwanda, ma chère, but that isn't stopping "True Blood" star Rutina Wesley.

Wesley, who stars in "True Blood" as Sookie's tough-as-nails best friend Tara Thornton, has landed the starring role in "Left to Tell," based on Immaculée Ilibagiza's memoir.

Wesley has starred in two films, the MTV/Paramount dance-off film "How She Move" and the indie "California Winter." This is sure to be a meaty part for the young actress; combined with the attention that the new season of "True Blood" will bring (starting on June 26, not that we're keeping track or anything), this could be a breakthrough move for Wesley.

Ilibagiza survived 91 days hiding in a bathroom with seven other women during 1994's Rwandan genocide.She returned home nearly starved to death, only to find that many of her family members and friends had been killed during the brutal massacres that swept the African republic.
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