David Oyelowo From BBC’s MI5 is Martin Luther King
“Precious” director Lee Daniels has lined up an all-star cast for the civil rights epic SELMA, but his choice for the role of Martin Luther King, Jr. is a bit more obscure.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, David Oyelowo, a 34-year-old British actor, is slated to play the civil rights leader. Oyelowo is an award-winning Shakespearean actor who also appeared in “The Last King of Scotland.” It won’t be his first time playing a legend; Oyelowo filled the role of blues man Muddy Waters in 2008’s “Who Do You Love.”
Liam Neeson is set to play President Lyndon B. Johnson and Hugh Jackman will star as a racist Alabama sheriff. Cedric the Entertainer and rocker Lenny Kravitz also have roles in the film.
Daniels has reportedly had trouble securing funding for “Selma“, despite the critical acclaim for “Precious”, which was based on a novel about an obese, illiterate Harlem teen who is twice impregnated by her father.
Martin Luther King has also been portrayed by James Earl Jones, “Star Trek” actor LeVar Burton, and a slew of others.