'42' Actor Joins Martin Luther King Drama 'Selma' (Exclusive)

3:02 PM PST 05/07/2014 by Rebecca Ford, Borys Kit
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Andre Holland

Andre Holland will play politician and activist Andrew Young in the film about the civil rights marches of 1965.

42 actor Andre Holland has been cast as politician Andrew Young in Paramount's Martin Luther King Jr. film Selma.

David Oyelowo will star as Martin Luther King Jr. in the film, while Carmen Ejogo will take on the role of Coretta Scott King. Tom Wilkinson will play President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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Ava DuVernay (Middle of Nowhere) is directing the film, which focuses on the attempts of black marchers to walk from Selma to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, in 1965 in order to gain voting rights, only to be beaten back by police. It took the organizers three attempts to make the journey as the number of marchers grew each time.

The film has a notable collection of producers working on it, including Oprah Winfrey and her Harpo banner, Plan B's Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner (who produced Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave), and Christian Colson, who won an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire.

Pathe is financing the film, and the company's Cameron McCracken also is producing. Paramount is handling domestic distribution.

Andrew Jackson Young moved to Atlanta in 1961 and became executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). He worked closely with King during the civil rights movement and was with King in Memphis when he was assassinated in 1968.

Holland played sportswriter Wendell Smith in baseball drama 42, and starred as Marshall Malloy on NBC's 1600 Penn. He'll next be seen in Cinemax's drama series The Knick, directed by Steven Soderbergh. He's repped by Paradigm and Brookside Artist Management.

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