MLK Drama 'Selma' Sets Christmas Day Limited Release

Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
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Selma, the Martin Luther King civil rights drama produced by Oprah Winfrey, is set for release on Christmas Day with plans to expand its theater count on Jan. 9, Paramount Pictures said on Friday.

The film, which stars David Oyelowo as MLK, also features Wendell Pierce, Alessandro Nivola, Andre Holland and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King.

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Selma is being produced by Winfrey along with Plan B's Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner and Cloud Eight Films’ Christian Colson. Winfrey will also appear in the film, directed by Ava DuVernay.

Shooting is underway on location in Georgia and Alabama.

With Selma set for a Christmas Day release, the holiday week is getting crowded with new entries.

The Weinstein Co.'s Tim Burton-directed Big Eyes, Universal's Angelina Jolie-directed World War II film Unbroken, Weinstein/Dimension's Paddington, Disney's musical Into the Woods, and Paramount's Hot Tub Time Machine sequel are all set for release on the same day.

When Selma expands its theater count on Jan. 9, it will face off against Fox's Liam Neeson action sequel Taken 3 and Sony/Columbia's horror comedy Kitchen Sink.

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