Renowned poet, author and playwright Maya Angelou will try her hand behind the camera for the first time when she directs “Down in the Delta” for Showtime, a family drama that begins production July 7 in Toronto.

Film is set to star Alfre Woodard and Wesley Snipes, telling the story of a troubled African-American family in Chicago headed by an alcoholic mother (Woodard). The family moves to a small Mississippi town to get a fresh start.

Rick Rosenberg, Bob Christiansen, Reuben Cannon, Victor McGauley and Snipes produce from a screenplay by Myron Goble.

Angelou is the author of the current New York Times No. 1 bestseller, “The Heart of a Woman.” She previously wrote the screenplay and score for the feature “Georgia, Georgia.”

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