David Oyelowo and Tom Wilkinson star in the first Selma trailer

I was disappointed in LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER and thought Lee Daniels missed an opportunity to tell a good, interesting story and instead got derailed into a civil rights movie that never got developed properly.  But the first trailer for SELMA looks like Daniels is back on track and if it all comes together like the trailer implies, this could be a player come awards season.  Martin Luther King is a hard historical figure to put on the big screen, but all signs point to David Oyelowo knocking it out of the park.  Of course, the film is still filled with plenty of potential pitfalls, but this is one to keep an eye on.

The official synopsis for SELMA:  SELMA is the story of a movement. 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 (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history. SELMA stars David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Andre Holland, Alessandro Nivola, Dylan Baker, Giovanni Ribisi, Tessa Thompson, Cuba Gooding Jr., Common, Colman Domingo, Stephen Root, Jeremy Strong, Tim Roth and Oprah Winfrey.  The Lee Daniels directed film hits theaters on December 25th.

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