It seems Oprah is taking the age old saying, “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” to heart.
Yesterday the media mogul announced that she will be producing a movie about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic 1965 march from Selma, Alabama to Montgomery, Alabama that led to the passage of the Voting Rights Acts.
In addition to producing the film, Winfrey will play Annie Lee Cooper, an unsung leader in the Selma protests who attempted to register to vote, but was unjustly denied by the sheriff. Directed by Ava DuVernay, the film will star David Ovelowo (The Last King of Scotland, The Help) as Dr. King, Carmen Ejogo (Sparkle, Alex Cross) as Coretta Scott King, Andre Holland (42, Black and White), and Tom Wilkinson (Rush Hour, Michael Clayton) as President Lyndon B. Johnson.
Currently shooting in Atlanta, the film is being prepared in time to hit selected theaters Christmas Day, with a national release set for January 9, 2015.