Oprah Winfrey has signed on to produce Selma

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey has signed on to be one of the producers of the upcoming drama based on Martin Luther King's voting rights campaign.

Oprah Winfrey has signed on to produce 'Selma'.

The 60-year-old star will work on the forthcoming drama based on civil rights activist Martin Luther King and his 1965 landmark voting rights campaign, which was regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement, according to Deadline.com.

Winfrey will be joined by producers Pathe UK, Brad Pitt's Plan B and Christian Colson.

She agreed to produce after reading Ava DuVernay's re-write of the script, after she came on board the project last July.

DuVernay was approached to work on the film by producers after they saw her award winning drama 'Middle of Nowhere' - which starred David Oyelowo, who is set to play King.

'Selma' will be the famed talk show host's second King project, she previously worked on the seven-part HBO miniseries 'America: In The King Years'.

Winfrey's presence on the film is expected to bring it huge international success following her on and off screen involvement in the high-grossing blockbuster 'The Butler'.

Paramount are said to be in final negotiations to acquire the domestic distribution rights to the movie.


  • 5 stars
  • 2014
  • US
  • 128 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Ava DuVernay
  • Cast: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Tom Wilkinson
  • UK release: 6 February 2015

The story of the 1965 civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery, with Martin Luther King (Oyelowo) facing a nervous President Johnson (Wilkinson) and Alabama's racist Governor Wallace (Roth). Among a stellar cast Oyelowo is exceptional, and DuVernay and Webb capture both the greatness and the limitations of King's…


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