We wait with baited breath on hearing that an actor has taken on the task of representing one of the most significant historical figures in recent history, and none more so than David Oyelowo’s performance as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights biopic Selma. The drama follows Dr King’s extraordinary footsteps as he leads the Selma to Montgomery Civil Rights Marches in racially charged 1960s Alabama.
The trailer promises strong performances from Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr and Tim Roth, at the risk of hollywoodising a pivotal moment in history. The new director Ava DuVernay has the potential to breath a fresh perspective into this historic biopic with subtle, clever humor evident in the trailer and a focus on the women in this story; including Carmen Ejogo who plays the activist and King’s wife Coretta Scott King, as well as Oprah Winfrey who plays activist Annie Lee Cooper. Catch it in cinemas from Friday 6th February 2015, the fiftieth Anniversary of the year the Civil Rights Act was signed into law.