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!
sounds like a good little movie. Hugh Jackmans character is interesting, probably watch it to find out about that
Sharlto on Mar 8, 2010
I'm definitely staying tuned.
People's Champ on Mar 8, 2010
This kind of role is what Mr.De Niro should take up instead of all the crap we've seen in his last 2 movies. Very interesting cast.
dex on Mar 8, 2010
Agreed, dex. Robert's been slumming for far too long. Count me in for this. Who will play Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King Jr? Jeffrey Wright could work as King, but I'm not sure he has the vocal power. LBJ was such a larger-than-life character that portraying him will not be an easy feat. For those who don't know, Andrew Young went on to be the first African American elected to Congress from the South (in 1972), mayor of Atlanta, and UN Ambassador. From that photo, Lenny (the one on the left) seems a pretty good likeness.
Corran Horn on Mar 9, 2010
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