Dylan Baker to star in Selma

Dylan Baker has joined the cast of 'Selma' about iconic civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. and will star as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover

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Dylan Baker has joined the cast of 'Selma'.

The 'Spider-Man 2' actor will star as FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover in the upcoming film about 1960s civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr., according to Deadline.com.

Hoover was one of King's most vigorous government adversaries who, under the direction of Attorney General Robert Kennedy, carried out extensive investigations into King and his followers, including wiretapping and heavy surveillance.

Baker will join 'The Butler' actor David Oyelowo, who will star as King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B Johnson and Tim Roth as Alabama governor George Wallace in the Oprah Winfrey-produced and Ava DuVernay-directed film.

Winfrey will produce with Brad Pitt, through his Plan B Productions company and the organisation's executives, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

Pathe, who produced 'Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom', will also have a hand in the production.

The film tells the story of a group of black marchers who attempt to walk from Selma, Alabama, to nearby Montgomery in order to gain the right to vote in 1965. However, the protesters find themselves in the crosshairs of the police.

Baker has had a number of TV roles in series including 'The Good Wife', 'Chicago Fire' and 'Chicago PD'.

Selma

  • 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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