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Cuba Gooding Jr. Joins Cast Of Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’ (And Maybe A Cannes Premiere?)

Cuba Gooding Jr. Joins Cast Of Ava DuVernay’s 'Selma' (And Maybe A Cannes Premiere?)

You have to admit that Selma is becoming one the most anticipated films to see, with one the most impressive and
interesting casts of any film in recent memory.

The film, which deals with Martin Luther King’s voting rights campaign in the South in 1965, stars David Oyelowo playing MLK, Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King, Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lorraine
, Ledisi, Common, Wendell Pierce, Martin Sheen, and now Cuba
Gooding Jr.
 has joined the project.

Gooding will play the attorney and activist Fred Grey in the film, which started
shooting two weeks ago in Georgia, and is being produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company, Oprah Winfrey, Pathe, among
others, and will be released theatrically by Paramount.

Given the film’s subject
matter, the cast, the director, the fact that both Pitt and Winfrey are two of
the producers involved, as well as the production’s overall pedigree, where will the film make its premiere?

I’m betting that a
Cannes Film Festival debut next year is very possible. Along with all that I have stated above, as well as Pitt’s long association with the festival, I wouldn’t be surprised if discussions are going on right now
about a possible Cannes premiere in 2015.

Besides, all the media hype that will surround all
those actors, along with Winfrey and Pitt, on the red carpet for a Cannes premiere, would likely be just too much to resist.

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Although there were a lot of "name" actors in "The Butler," my recollection of the publicity leading up to its release — and not during pre-production or while in production — wasn't a lot of name dropping about the whose who of casting. Really, it wasn't until the movie was released that people talked about who was in the cast and why. …It was much more organic. Really, the only BIG announcement was when Oprah joined the cast. … And she did a good job as Gloria. Didn't detract from the piece, as a whole, which was very important. … As for the likes of Common. Well, he distracts from everything he's in. He can't act and it doesn't feel like he's earned the right to be part of the cast. I don't understand how, or why, he continues to receive opportunities to act over ACTUAL black working actors in Hollywood. … It's not like he has some super strong following — either as a rapper or a wannabe actor.

This has nothing to do with Ava being a woman, I simply think some — myself included — are a little disappointed that she's not using more unrecognizable talent, as she has previously, and allowing them to shine. I wish she'd go more the Spike Lee early days route and use black actors who are unknown and underutilized and give them a chance to shine.


Big names? Sergio, I know Ava is a friend of S & A but do you have to bullshit us to sell this TV movie that will also happen to hit theaters?


TBH, there aren't many big names in this film. Since when was Ledisi a big name? Tom Wilkinson, Common and Cuba are probably the most known out of the cast.


OMG. I love Ava but does every character in this movie have to be plaid by a big name actor or singer?

This has got to be the film with the biggest name dropping ever.

I wonder what this means for expenses.

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You pulled that out of thin air. Sure Cannes has hosted black films in and out of competition. But I have yet to remember a title that made an impact of Cannes that was black themed that was widely embraced aboard and stateside.

Oprah wants Academy recognition. And considering every time she shops in Europe these days there's a controversy. Please. Cannes is an inflated institution.

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