At long last we have the first trailer and poster for highly anticipated Oscar hopeful Selma, from director Ava DuVernay.
The film, which details a three-month period in 1965 as Martin Luther King Jr. (played by David Oyelowo of The Butler) marches on Selma, Alabama for equal voting rights has gone through many hands before it reached DuVernay’s. Big names like Steven Spielberg, Spike Lee, Oliver Stone, Paul Greengrass and, most recently, Lee Daniels (The Butler) have tried to bring this story to the screen but it languished in development hell for years.
Carmen Ejogo (Sparkle) plays King’s wife, Coretta. The film also stars Tom Wilkinson, Tim Roth, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi, Common, Tessa Thompson, Andre Holland, Keith Stanfield, Wendell Pierce, Niecy Nash, Lorraine Toussaint and Oprah Winfrey (who also produced) and opens in New York and Los Angeles on Christmas Day; a nationwide release is set for Jan. 9, 2015.