DuVernay Takes The Helm Of “Selma”

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay (“Middle of Nowhere”) has been set to direct the MLK-themed feature drama “Selma” for Pathe UK and Plan B.

The story deals with Martin Luther King’s 1965 landmark voting rights campaign regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement.

DuVernay has reportedly been scouting locations and fine-tuning the script with screenwriter Paul Webb since April.

Lee Daniels was originally attached to direct a few years ago with the likes of David Oyelowo, Hugh Jackman, Liam Neeson, Ray Winstone, Robert De Niro and Cedric the Entertainer booked to star.

Funding was never finalised so that version of the project fell apart. At present, Oyelowo is the only name still attached to the new incarnation which Christian Colson will produce.

Source: Deadline