Civil Rights Film "Selma," Featuring Cast of Theatre Vets, Hits Wide Release Across U.S.

News   Civil Rights Film "Selma," Featuring Cast of Theatre Vets, Hits Wide Release Across U.S.
Ava DuVernay’s Martin Luther King, Jr. film "Selma" opens in wide release across the U.S. Jan. 9. David Oyelowo stars in the motion picture that features a host of theatre veterans, including Tony Award winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tony nominee Colman Domingo, Lorraine Toussaint and Academy Award winner Oprah Winfrey.

"Selma" opened in limited release Dec. 25. It is produced by Winfrey, Plan B ("12 Years a Slave") and Oscar winner Christian Colson ("127 Hours").

The film tracks King's struggle to secure voting rights for all people and depicts the historic march from Selma to Montgomery.

As part of the film's wide release, "Selma" brings its story full circle with a free Jan. 9 screening at Selma Walton Theater in the city of Selma, AL.

Alongside Oyelowo as MLK and the aforementioned Domingo as Ralph Abernathy are Tom Wilkinson as Lyndon Johnson, Lorraine Toussaint as Amelia Boynton Robinson, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Santigo-Hudson as Bayard Rustin, Andre Holland as Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as James Orange, Alessandro Nivola as John Doar, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, Ribisi as Lee White, Tessa Thompson as Diane Nash, Stephen Root as Al Lingo, Jeremy Strong as James Reeb, Tim Roth as George Wallace and Winfrey as Annie Lee Cooper.

Industry executives, including BET Networks chairman Debra Lee, American Express chairman Ken Chenault, Vernon Jordan and former Time Warner CEO Richard Parsons, have united to provide 27,000 free tickets to "Selma" for New York City school students, Variety reports. Theatres across New York City are participating in the free initiative that continues through Jan. 19.

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