Oprah Winfrey is co-starring and producing the upcoming Paramount film named after Selma, Alabama, which follows Martin Luther King Jr.’s journey during his 1965 voting campaign. Find out more about her role and the new civil rights movie after the jump!


The Oscar nominated actress is set to play Annie Lee Cooper, a civil rights leader who protested in the three marches from Selma, AL to Montgomery in 1965. Cooper was an elderly woman who upon attempting to register to vote was unfairly denied by Sheriff Clark, played by Stan Houston.

The film which is said to follow the “peak of the civil rights movement”
is also starring David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Common. O is also producing the film alongside none other than Brad Pitt.

Check out some images from the actual 1965 marches in the gallery above!