Selma Trailer (2014)

Trailer for Selma.

Selma is the story of a movement. The film chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s SELMA tells the real story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (David Oyelowo) and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

David Oyelowo campaigned long and hard to win the part of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma. Original director Lee Daniels eventually cast him. When Daniels later left the project, Oyelowo convinced producers that Ava DuVernay was the right person to take over.

The Martin Luther King Jr. estate had already given the rights to his speeches to Warner Bros. for an untitled biopic. As a result, all of King's speeches had to be rewritten for Selma as the studio did not have the rights to use the real speeches.

The omission of Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo from the 2015 Academy Award nominations lead to an outcry from moviegoers and Hollywood insiders over the lack of racial diversity at the Oscars.
Historians and critics have questioned the portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson as a reluctant supporter of voting rights. and also as an opponent of the Selma march. By most accounts, he was actually a strong ally of the civil rights movement and a big supporter of the march.

Selma Trailer Screencap

It's not often a trailer for a movie can bring me to tears, but the Selma trailer leaves me with chills, and tears in my eyes. Documenting the tumultuous three month period of civil unrest in 1965, which led to Martin Luther King organizing a march from Selma to Montgomery, Selma shows the violent opposition King faced and the lengths he and his supporters went to to secure the voting rights bill.

It's a powerful and poignant piece of history and one that should never be forgotten. This stunning trailer reminds us all of what black people went through just because they refused to be silenced. White extremists were out to kill, while those with an ounce of breeding knew just how wrong it was to judge someone on the color of their skin.

David Oyelowo is the perfect incarnation of King, delivering strong and powerfully motivating speeches that continue to resonate long after he's finished speaking. Tom Wilkinson also gives a good turn as President Johnson, though how historically accurate he is depicted we don't know.

Still, director Ava DuVernay is spot on with this movie. If the trailer can provoke such a strong reaction as this one does, then it's a safe bet to say that Selma the movie will be a film that will stay with you and one which should be shown to our younger generation as a reminder of how people had to fight for racial equality.

2 min 33 sec


Posted On
November 07, 2014
Ava DuVernay

Paul Webb

Paramount Pictures

December 25, 2014
David Oyelowo
Tom Wilkinson
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Alessandro Nivola
Giovanni Ribisi
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