Selma, the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans, will be released in cinemas on 6 February 2015.
2015 marks the 50th anniversary of this pivotal moment in the US Civil Rights Movement.
The film tracks a dangerous and terrifying three month campaign led by Martin Luther King Jr. which culminated in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The campaign galvanized American public opinion and persuaded President Johnson to introduce the Voting Rights Act, protecting Africa-Americans’ right to vote.
Selma stars David Oyelowo (Middle of Nowhere, The Butler, A Most Violent Year) as Martin Luther King Jr. and is directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere). The supporting cast includes Tom Wilkinson (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Michael Clayton) as President Lyndon B. Johnson; Carmen Ejogo (Alex Cross, Ride And Glory) as Coretta King; Tim Roth (Arbitrage, The Incredible Hulk) as Governor George Wallace; and Oprah Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.
Selma has a screenplay by Paul Webb and is produced by Oprah Winfrey (The Hundred-Foot Journey, Beloved) through Harpo Films; Christian Colson through Cloud Eight Films (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire); and Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner for Plan B (12 Years A Slave). Ava DuVernay, Paul Garnes, Cameron McCracken (for Pathé) and Nan Morales are executive producers.