HOLLYWOOD – A revolutionary struggle for rights and equality about to decorate screens of cinemas all over the world with the depiction of Martin Luther King Jr.’s part during an important phase of US history.
In the feature film Selma David Oyelowo stars as Dr Martin Luther King Jr., who in the trailer goes toe-to-toe with President Lyndon B. Johnson (a formidable Tom Wilkinson), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director J. Edgar Hoover (Dylan Baker) and Alabama Governor George Wallace (Tom Roth).
Selma takes place during three months in 1965 when King led a campaign for equal voting rights, including a dangerous march from Selma to Montogomery, Ala.
The film is directed by Ava DuVernay and from Paramount Pictures, Pathe and Harpo Films. It opens in limited release on Christmas Day and will expand on January 9. Thirty minutes of the film will debut at AFI Fest on Nov. 11.
One of the famous Hollywood film critiques, Chris Eggertsen, has written “Awards potential for the Ava DuVernay-directed film remains unclear, though it will qualify for next year’s Oscars with a limited run beginning on Christmas Day (it opens wide January 9). At the very least the film could garner some attention for David Oyelowo’s performance as MLK, and perhaps Oprah Winfrey’s (also a producer on the project) as civil rights activist Annie Lee Cooper.”
It is worth mentioning here that DuVernay made history at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival when she took home the festival’s Best Director prize for her second narrative feature ‘Middle of Nowhere’ becoming the first African-American ever to win the award.