Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Selma, director Ava DuVernay’s upcoming Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic. David Oyelowo takes on the role of Dr. King in the film, which recounts the epic, dangerous, and terrifying civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama that resulted in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965. One of the things I love about this trailer is that it actually shows the insane amount of danger these people were in and the incredible stakes they where facing. Too many films have downplayed the brutality of the racist masses of the south during this period, and I’m glad this one seems to finally be shirking that timidity off.
Oyelowo is joined in the cast by Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Andre Holland, Omar J. Dorsey, Tessa Thompson, Tim Roth, Wendell Pierce, and Colman Domingo. The film will open in limited release on Christmas Day before expanding nationwide on January 9, 2015. Hit the jump to check out the trailer and take a voter eligibility test. You’ll feel hope and more than a little bit of rage at the same time.
Trailer courtesy of Paramount Pictures.
Here’s the official synopsis for Selma:
“SELMA” is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for all people – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated with the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, and led to President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
Be sure to scroll down past the poster for an enraging voter eligibility test.