“Selma” is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Being released by Paramount Pictures domestically and Pathé everywhere else, “Selma” stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Fred Gray, Common as James Bevel, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Ledisi as Mahalia Jackson and Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy. Director Ava DuVernay has been posting some awesome updates and photos on her Instagram account. Be sure to follow here: http://instagram.com/directher
“This story will resonate deeply with not only those brave men and women who fought for voting rights alongside Dr. King, but also the countless millions of people who continue to fight against discrimination in voting today,” said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. “This talented group of filmmakers, led by Brad Pitt and his team at Plan B, Oprah Winfrey and Christian Colson, and of course our director Ava DuVernay, are a formidable force to help bring this significant story to the big screen.”
The screenplay was written by Paul Webb (“Four Nights in Knaresborough”). Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce through their Plan B banner (“12 Years A Slave”), with Christian Colson through his Cloud Eight Films (“127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionair”), and Oprah Winfrey through her Harpo Films. Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Cameron McCracken and Nan Morales are executive producing.