Oprah Winfrey Joins MLK Film Selma Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 06.20.2014
The film will release on Christmas Day...
Paramount Pictures and Pathé have announced a big name joining their Martin Luther King Jr. film Selma. The companies announced that Oprah Winfrey has signed on to play the roll of Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman and visible leader amongst the civil rights protesters in Selma who tried to register to vote and was unfairly denied by the sheriff.
The film is about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s 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. It stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr., Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Baines Johnson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Giovanni Ribisi as Lee White, Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Colman Domingo as Ralph Abernathy, Stephen Root as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong as James Reeb, with Tim Roth as George Wallace.
The studios also announced that the film will receive a limited release in the United States on Christmas Day before opening wide on January 9th, 2015.