Alessandro Nivola Joins Cast of Civil Rights Drama 'Selma'

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Brad Pitt and Oprah Winfrey are among the producers of the Martin Luther King Jr. drama.

Alessandro Nivola has signed on to play civil rights activist John Doar in Selma, the Martin Luther King Jr. drama being made by Paramount and Pathe.

David Oyelowo is portraying King, and Carmen Ejogo is playing Coretta Scott King, while Tom Wilkinson will be President Lyndon Baines Johnson in the movie, which is directed by Ava DuVernay.

Shooting is taking place in Atlanta, Ga., and Montgomery and Selma, Ala.

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Selma details the three attempts of black marchers to walk from Selma to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, in 1965 in order to gain voting rights. The first two times they were beaten back by police, and by the third time it had become a national crusade.

Nivola’s character, Doar, who was the assistant attorney general for civil rights for the Department of Justice in the 1960s, protected freedom riders while also going after civil rights violators. He was on the scene for the third Selma march.

Also featured in the movie are Andre Holland as activist Andrew Young, Omar J. Dorsey as activist James Orange, Tessa Thompson as student activist Diane Nash, and Colman Domingo as civil rights leader and King associate Ralph Abernathy.

Oprah Winfrey, who also has a role in the film, is producing via her Harpo banner along with Plan B's Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner (who produced Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave), and Christian Colson.

Nivola co-stars with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in J.C. Chandor's upcoming A Most Violent Year and can be seen in theaters in Devil’s Knot. He received a SAG Award for best ensemble cast for American Hustle.

He will reunite with Hustle’s Bradley Cooper in the fall, this time on the Broadway stage for a revival of The Elephant Man.

Nivola is repped by CAA and Management 360.