Liam Neeson and Cedric the Entertainer have signed on to the civil rights movement feature “Selma” for Cloud Eight Films, Plan B and Pathe UK says MTV News.
Lee Daniels (“Precious”) will direct the story of the historic 1965 march in the Alabama town that marked the political and emotional peak of the civil rights movement.
Neeson will play President Lyndon B. Johnson who pushed legislation through with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the National Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Cedric will play Ralph Abernathy, who helped Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) orchestrate the Selma march. Hugh Jackman and Lenny Kravitz also star as the racist Selma sheriff Jim Clark and civil rights figure Andrew Young respectively.
The key role of Alabama Governor George Wallace remains in play though an offer is apparently out. Shooting kicks off in May.