Directing a Great Man biopic can be a treacherous high-wire act. If you genuflect too deeply, you risk hagiography. If you show too many warts,…
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Paramount has released the first trailer for Selma, an upcoming civil-rights drama produced by, among others, Oprah Winfrey and starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr.

Directed by Ava DuVernay and written by Paul Webb, the film covers the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, as MLK led a movement to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The film will culminate in the march from Selma to Montgomery and President Johnson’s (Tom Wilkinson) signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

Per Paramount, “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.”

Also starring are Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alessandro Nivola, Giovanni Ribisi Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint, and Tim Roth. Directed by Ava DuVernay.