Oprah Reveals Who's Playing MLK in 'Selma'

By RAPHAEL CHESTANG

January 19, 2014

Oprah Winfrey has jumped on board as a producer for the civil rights drama Selma, and she revealed to Nancy O'Dell that her The Butler co-star David Oyelowo will star as Martin Luther King Jr.

"World, get ready. It's coming," Oprah said, gushing over Oyelowo's portrayal of the late civil rights activist.

"Since I first met [Oprah], no one has had more belief in me," said Oyelowo. "I feel called to play this role and I asked her if she'd stand by my side, and she said she'd come along and produce it."

Selma follows a crucial time in MLK's life when black marchers attempted to walk from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery in order to obtain voting rights in 1965. The journey took three attempts due to police resistance.

Brad Pitt is also producing the film via his Plan B production company, which also produced 12 Years a Slave.

Watch the video to hear what The Butler cast had to say about their Oscar shutout and Oprah's upcoming 60th birthday!

The Butler cast was nominated at the SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, while Oprah earned a solo nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role.



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