First-Look Photos From Ava DuVernay’s ‘Selma’

First-Look Photos From Ava DuVernay's 'Selma'

First-look photos above and below from Ava DuVernay’s “Selma,” shared on her Instagram page, with the poignant caption that reads: “This shot in particular makes me think of both the striking parallels and the chasm of difference between what’s happening in #Ferguson today and what happened in Selma almost 50 years ago. The violence against and the diminishment of the black community is the same. The focused, strategic, organized response by black citizens is the difference. This is not a criticism of anything that the citizens of Ferguson have done or not done to date. Just a reminder that there are PROVEN TACTICS in the struggle for our rights that have produced results. That there are pearls of wisdom in the warrior history of people of color in this country. And that our ancestors and elders want us to remember always and replicate as needed.”

Indeed.

Paramount Pictures has set a Christmas day initial limited release date for, followed by a nationwide theatrical expansion on January 9, 2015. 

The early limited roll-out suggests an Oscar-qualifying run for the film, which shouldn’t be a surprise, given the material, and the talent involved, both in front of and behind the camera.
Telling the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic voting rights struggle, the film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation.
David Oyelowo 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, in a film produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Christian Colson (who won an Oscar for producing “Slumdog Millionaire”). 

Paramount Pictures will release the Pathe UK-backed project.

Now we wait for that first trailer.

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Comments

anon

mixed race woman in the lead – again surprise surprise!

Jess

This looks like a wonderful project. Excited for Ava D. and Bradford Young.

Peggy

Are David Oyelowo and Carmen Ejogo Americans? Tired of foreign blacks taking American Blacks roles. You know American studios hate American Blacks, are they using the "American blacks can't sell films overseas" lie now? That's a disgrace. We can't even play ourselves anymore.

Blackman

Is that a Sell-out African playing Dr. MLK. King NEVER sold out. Actually his last 2 years were his radical years. America do not want to tell that story. He was persona non grata from 1966 until his death.

He REFUSED to meet with LBJ. Because he would not sell out like Jessie Jackson does or Al Sharpton, they killed him. Now this is a REAL BLACK HERO. Obama is a sellout too. All people who work for the ESTABLISHMENT and does not make a dent in it IS A SELLOUT.

King crushed the establisment, David Oyelowo married the whites woman on the planet. (she's his beard). David enjoys the company of Whiteboys. fyi

Jake AC

That picture. That's a tough picture. Very strong with swagger. I hope the movie does too. Show the real deal about how fearless our people were back then in the midst of great fear and being basically terrorized. I'll be lining up for it.

Scott

I'm going to see this film, and I like David Oyelowo as an actor. But I know if I'll be able to buy him(Oyelowo) as Dr. King. I hope I'm wrong, but we'll see when the film comes out.

JANA

Go, Ava!

troublemaker

Is that Oprah's face peeking out in that above photo? Oprah is really desperate to get an Oscar! She had her Oscar dress ready this year but unfortunately Lupita Nyong'o stole her thunder!

DARKNESS

Christmas Day? Well, well. That's a big deal that means Paramount believes in it. Happy for Ava and her crew. I feel like I know her cause I've been following her career since I Will Follow. Go Black Woman, Go! This picture is right on time.

lil

wow this si def a powerful shot.
ava needs to print this shot and sell it, I'd buy it.

oprah is in the film as who ?

Tessa Thompson too, her star is hot now. first 'dear white ppl' and now this. good job Tessa!

Miranda Valledares

This is going to be monumental!

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