Oprah Winfrey’s MLK Drama ‘Selma’ Set for Christmas

Oprah Martin Luther King Movie Selma
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Setting up a major awards season push, Paramount Pictures and Pathe have set the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. drama “Selma” for a limited release in the U.S. on Christmas.

The film will open wide on Jan. 9. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film is being produced by Oprah Winfrey, Plan B and Cloud Eight Films’ Christian Colson.

Winfrey is starring as Annie Lee Cooper, a visible leader among the Civil Rights protesters in Selma who tried to register to vote and was unfairly denied by the sheriff. The film is shooting in Atlanta,  Montgomery and Selma, Ala.

The film recaps King’s struggle to secure voting rights for minorities during the 1965 march from Selma to Montgomery that led to the passing of the Voting Rights Act. The film’s release will celebrate the 50th anniversary of that enactment.

The film stars David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King and Andre Holland as Andrew Young.

Paramount is handling the film’s domestic distribution. Pathe is distributing in the U.K. and France; and Pathe Intl. will handle sales to the rest of the world.

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  1. I know personally a WWII veteran who had marched with Dr King and years later inspired the United States Navy to be an equal opportunity employer . He was the first African American Sonar Technician in the United States Navy . This is a story with many chapters , It seems there could be a sequel of individual stories pertaining to each participant ,

  2. Mike Bew says:

    OMG! Who isn’t sick of this woman yet?

  3. Selman says:

    Hopefully it will be oscar worthy!

  4. Selman says:

    What a great opportunity for the City of Selma to share its history with the world. Hopefully this will be a positive influence on the small southern town that has come so far since it first gained the worlds attention in 1965. http://www.selmathemovie.com

  5. Ari says:


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