Carmen Ejogo has been confirmed to play Coretta Scott King opposite David Oyelowo in the upcoming Martin Luther King biopic ‘Selma’. Tom Wilkinson is set to play President Lyndon B. Johnson and Ava DuVernay is directing.
The two will be portraying the iconic couple during the march from Selma to Montgomery in order to gain voting rights in 1965. The film will depict the two unsuccessful marches that led up to reaching Selma.
Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr. were extremely influential in the fight for the African-American civil rights movement in the 1960s. The two marched hand in hand during the Selma Voting Rights Movement.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The film has a strong collection of producers working on it, including Oprah Winfrey and her Harpo banner, Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner (who produced Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave), along with Christian Colson. Pathe is financing the film, and the company’s Cameron McCracken also is producing. Paramount is handling domestic distribution.”
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