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