First ‘Selma’ Trailer Stars David Oyelowo As Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Selma

Paramount  has released the first trailer for the much-anticipated historic film Selma, which follows the long, dangerous march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965 to campaign for equal voting rights.

Starring David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the film centers around the iconic civil rights leader as he goes head to head with President Lyndon B. Johnson (Tom Wilkinson), FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover (Dylan Baker) and Alabama Gov. George Wallace (Tom Roth) to ensure equal voting rights for all men and women. Selma takes place during three months in 1965 and ultimately led to President Lyndon B. Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

The film features an ensemble cast that includes Oprah Winfrey, Carmen Ejogo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Wendell Pierce, Common, Lorraine Toussaint and Tessa Thompson. It is directed by Ava DuVernay, written by Paul Webb and from Paramount Pictures, Pathe and Harpo Films.

Selma opens in limited release on Christmas Day, just in time to be considered for the Oscars. The wide release is slated for Jan. 9, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act.

Watch the trailer below!

(Photo Credit: Paramount)