Oprah Winfrey is returning to the big screen as a freedom fighter. The media mogul will take on the role of Annie Lee Cooper in Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” reports The Wrap.
The film follows Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 voting rights campaign, which includes the historical mark Cooper made during that time.
The Selma, Ala., native, who died at 100 years old in November 2010, stood in line for hours in an attempt to register to vote at the Dallas County Courthouse during the civil rights movement.
The film stars David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr.; Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King;Tom Wilkinson as Pres. Lyndon B. Johnson; Tim Roth as George Wallace; Cuba Gooding Jr.as Fred Gray; Common as James Bevel; Wendell Pierce as Rev. Hosea Williams; Stephan James as John Lewis; Nigel Thatch as Malcolm X; Stan Houston as Sheriff Jim Clark; and Keith Stanfield as Jimmie Lee Jackson.
Winfrey actually appeared in character during an on-camera interview with Entertainment Tonight. She was filming “Selma” in Georgia when her close friend Maya Angelou passed away, though not before giving the project her blessing.
“She was so proud that I was doing this movie. And she said, ‘Take it baby. Take it all the way. Take it all the way,’” Oprah told Entertainment Tonight. “She was a part of the movement, worked with Martin Luther King, understood what we were trying to do with this film.”