Lenny Kravitz Cast in Lee Daniels' Selma, De Niro Confirmed
Although Precious director Lee Daniels didn't take home an Oscar last night, his film still ended up with two Oscars and Daniels still went home with quite a few awards overall, including Best Director at Indie Spirit Awards last week. We already know Daniels' is following up Precious with the civil rights movement film Selma, written by Paul Webb. The Playlist followed the red carpet coverage closely last night and not only learned that Lenny Kravitz (seen above with Daniels) will appear in Selma, but also confirmed that Robert De Niro and Hugh Jackman (both previously announced) are officially on-board for this as well.
The film centers on the famous Selma-to-Montgomery marches in 1965 to help get voting rights for African Americans that also helped shift public opinion on civil rights overall. De Niro will play Governor George Wallace, and Kravitz, who had a supporting role in Precious, will play civil rights activist Andrew Young. As for Jackman, Empire speculates that he might be playing a smaller role as James Reeb, a minister who was fatally beaten to death during the marches. There seem to be a lot of other prominent figures still uncast, so I'm sure we'll be hearing plenty about this before they start shooting this May. Stay tuned for more casting!