Martin Luther King Jr. Civil Rights Drama 'Selma' Arrives on Christmas
The civil rights drama Selma which stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. just recently added a couple impressive cast members with Tim Roth playing Alabama governor George Wallace and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper. Now Variety reports Paramount Pictures has set the film for an initial limited release on December 25th, qualifying it for awards season, and then expanding to a wide release on January 9th, 2015. That release from Paramount means the studio is very pleased with how the film is turning out, and they think they've got a good chance at getting some Oscar nominations in 2015. Read on!
Selma is directed by Ava DuVernay ("Scandal") from a script she wrote with first-time writer Paul Webb. The film follows the Selma to Montgomery marches that took place in 1965 and directly resulted in the passage of the Voting Rights Act. When the film goes wide in 2015, that 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.