SELMA is an upcoming historical drama film co-produced by Oprah Winfrey, directed by Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) and co-written by DuVernay with Paul Webb, based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, and Martin Luther King, Jr. of SCLC and John Lewis of SNCC.
The film stars David Oyelowo as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon Johnson, Common as Bevel, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. In addition to producing the film, Oprah co-stars as Annie Lee Cooper, the civil rights activist best known for punching a Selma police officer in the jaw. Cuba Gooding Jr., Giovanni Ribisi, Common, Carmen Ejogo, and Tim Roth also star.
The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. The film tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.
- via Yahoo