Academy Award nominated director Lee Daniels is hard at work on his next film, a civil rights drama entitled, Selma. Two major castings have already been made, one being Hugh Jackman and the other his Precious star Lenny Kravitz. According to Reuters, he’s hired another actor to play one of the most influential men of the 20th century, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The name David Oyelowo may not sound familiar but it will soon enough. The British actor has landed the role as civil rights activist and African American pioneer Martin Luther King Jr. The actor previously appeared in the 2008 made for television version of A Raisin in The Sun, and he’ll pop up in George Lucas’ WWII drama, Red Tails. He won’t be the only freedom fighter in Selma, because he’ll be starring alongside Kravitz’ character Andrew Young another man fighting for change.
Jackman on the other hand will star as a racist sheriff in the film that centers on “the historic marches staged by King in 1965 in Selma, Alabama.” The role of George Wallace, the Alabama Governor is still awaiting an actor to fill its void. The movie is currently being shopped around for financing, which is unfortunately on shaky ground.
Originally Pathe International was on board but we’re hearing they might scale back their involvement. Why would they do that? This is a movie that has an Oscar nominated director, an award winning singer, and Hugh Jackman! Everyone loves Hugh. Maybe they’re concerned about the content or the harshness of the performances? Who knows.
What do you think about Oyelowo’s casting as Dr. King? Who would you have put in that role?