Hugh Jackman and David Oyelowo Cast in Martin Luther King Biopic

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Acclaimed British stage and film actor David Oyelowo will play Martin Luther King, Jr. opposite Tony Award winner Hugh Jackman as an antagonistic sheriff in the upcoming biopic "Selma," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Oscar host Hugh Jackman.
Oscar host Hugh Jackman.

Lee Daniels, the Oscar-nominated director of "Precious," will direct "Selma." The film will tell the story of the pivotal civil rights marches King staged in Selma, AL, in 1965. The part of Alabama's then-governor George Wallace has yet to be cast. Although the production is reportedly having trouble securing funding, Christian Colson is set to produce the film with the Plan B production company.

Oyelowo became the first black actor to play an English king in the title role of a Royal Shakespeare Company production of Henry VI. He has appeared in Prometheus Bound for the Classic Stage Company in New York, in the recent television adaptations of "A Raisin in the Sun" and "As You Like It," and in the film "Last King of Scotland."

Jackman's stage credits include A Steady Rain and The Boy From Oz (for which he won the Tony) on Broadway, Oklahoma! in London, and Sunset Boulevard and Beauty and the Beast in Australia. Films include the "Wolverine" and "X-Men" series, "Australia," "Happy Feet," "The Fountain" and "Van Helsing." He has hosted the Tony Awards three times and also hosted last year's Academy Awards ceremony.

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