Paramount Pictures has debuted the first trailer for the dramatic film Selma starring David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The biopic is directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) and in addition to Oyelowo the cast includes Tom Wilkinson, Cuba Gooding Jr, Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, and Tim Roth.
Selma will open in limited release on Christmas and will expand to other theaters on January 9, 2015.
Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s Selma tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.
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-By Rebecca Murray
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