‘Selma’ Trailer: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Takes a Stand
The first trailer for Martin Luther King Jr. biopic 'Selma' has arrived online, and it definitely looks a little more exciting than your typical biopic fare, thanks in part to the cast assembled. David Oyelowo, most recently seen in Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar,' takes the role of Dr. King in the new film, which follows the life of the revolutionary leader as he tries to secure voting rights for all during a tumultuous time in American history.
The first trailer for 'Selma' doesn't strictly adhere to the sounds of the time, using modern music to punctuate our first look at the upcoming biopic, though it's unclear if the film -- from director Ava DuVernay -- will also utilize a more contemporary soundtrack. Biopics can typically be a bit paint by numbers, but something about this one feels a bit different, perhaps due to the excellent cast and the subject matter, which doesn't seek to follow the life of Dr. King from beginning to end, but instead to focus on a specific portion of his life.
The portion would be in the '60s, during his historic fight to secure voting rights for all, which led to his march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and President Johnson's signing of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
'Selma' stars David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Oprah Winfrey, Carmen Ejogo, Andre Holland, Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Alessandro Nivola, Dylan Baker, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lorraine Toussaint, and Wendell Pierce.