First Look at Ava DuVernay's 'Selma' Starring David Oyelowo as MLK
by Alex Billington
August 22, 2014
Gather 'round for your first look at one awards contender - the film Selma, directed by Ava DuVernay, starring David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. With the awards season kicking off next month, many films lining up are finally starting to be unveiled and this is yet another on the docket. Selma follows Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr. on his historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965. While one shot gives us a close look at Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo as his wife Coretta Scott King, the second one features quite the ensemble line-up: Tessa Thompson plays Diane Nash, Omar Dorsey plays James Orange, Colman Domingo plays Ralph Abernathy, André Holland plays Andrew Young, Corey Reynolds plays Rev. C.T. Vivian, and Lorraine Toussaint plays Amelia Boynton. See both images below.
Here's the first two photos from Ava DuVernay's Selma, revealed by Paramount Pictures (via SlashFilm):
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. Selma is directed by Ava DuVernay ("Scandal") from a script she wrote with first-time writer Paul Webb. When the film is released wide in 2015, it will mark the 50th anniversary of the iconic marches. David Oyelowo (Jack Reacher, The Butler) stars as Martin Luther King Jr. along with Carem Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon B. Johnson, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Fred Gray, Common as James Bevel and many more. Paramount will release Selma limited on December 25th, 2014, before expanding wide in January 2015. Stay tuned.