Nationwide — Media mogul/actress Oprah Winfrey and actor David Oyelowo are starring in an amazing new biopic about the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The film, Selma, is due in theaters on Christmas day December 25, 2014, and critics are already giving the film two thumbs up. Directed by Ava DuVernay and produced by Oprah Winfrey herself and Brad Pitt, the film is already creating an Oscar buzz. It’s being co-produced by Harpo Productions and distributed by a division of Paramount Pictures.
Actor Tom Wilkinson plays President Lyndon Johnson, rapper Common plays Bevel, and actress Carmen Ejogo plays the character of Coretta Scott King. The film also co-stars Cuba Gooding, Jr. as famed civil rights attorney and activist Fred Gray, and Niecy Nash who plays Richie Jean Jackson, the wife of Dr. Sullivan Jackson.
Selma focuses on a time period just 2 years after Dr. Martin Luther King delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. The film covers three civil rights protest marches that all took place in March 1965 in Selma, Alabama, and essentially paved the way for the historic Voting Rights Act to be successfully passed.
Because the film will be released this year, it will be eligible for a 2015 Oscar nomination.
Watch The Trailer Below: