Last night the first trailer for the movie “Selma” dropped during ABC’s “How to Get Away with Murder.” Honestly, how brilliant and strategic was that move? Twitter was on fire and and everyone is talking about it this morning.
Directed by the phenomenal Ava DuVernay (who has directed a “Scandal” episode), Paramount Pictures has set a Christmas day initial limited release date for “Selma”, followed by a nationwide theatrical expansion on January 9, 2015.
The film is not a biopic of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life, but rather shows a sliver of this historic moment – the plan to march from Selma to Montgomery and demand voting rights. However, on March 7, 1965 marchers were met on Selma’s Edmund Pettus bridge by white police officers (and others) and were beaten and pushed back. This event known as Bloody Sunday was broadcast on televisions around the world and helped to usher in the 1965 Voting Rights Act. How fitting that this movie will be released as we celebrate 50 years of this tremendous occasion in our country’s history.
David Oyelowo stars as Dr. King and leads a cast that includes Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Colman Domingo, Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Keith Stanfield, Andre Holland, Tessa Thompson, Kent Faulcon, Oprah Winfrey and more. Oh. And did I mention that Common is in the movie? Mmmmhmmmm… There’s also Oscar buzz talk!
As I stated in my “Why I Vote in Every Election” post on Tuesday, my family is from Selma and my grandmother, mother, and aunt were on that bridge, so I’m excited to see this movie. Last night I tweeted: I wonder if I could get my granny to leave the house to see it, but she’ll probably just say, “Baby, I was there.” Either way, I can’t wait for this movie that I’m sure will not only honor Dr. King’s legacy, but that of all the unnamed foot soldiers and freedom fighters who helped to move our nation to a better place.
Check out the trailer below.
Are you planning on seeing the movie?
Diana Veiga is a Spelman woman, a DC resident, and a freelance writer. Of course, she’s also on Twitter.