Casting News: Roles for David Oyelowo, Tessa Thompson and More

David Oyelowo, Tessa Thompson

Casting News: Roles for David Oyelowo, Tessa Thompson and More

Ava DuVernay's Selma fills out its cast.

Published May 9, 2014

The cast of Ava DuVernay's Selma gets more exciting each day. Andre Holland (42) and Tessa Thompson (Dear White People) have joined the cast of the Civil Rights-era film. Holland will play politician Andrew Young, who served as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) during the 1960s Civil Rights Movement and was a friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Thompson will play Diane Nash, a founding member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in April 1960. Nash also played a key role in bringing King to Montgomery, Alabama, in support of the Freedom Riders. 

The up-and-comers join David Oyelowo (as King), Carmen Ejogo (as Coretta Scott King) and Ledisi (as Mahalia Jackson) for the film, which is being produced by Oprah Winfrey and Slumdog Millionaire producer Christian Colson.

Speaking of Oyelowo, besides playing MLK in Selma, he will also star in the indie drama Five Nights in Maine. The film, which follows a widower who has to confront his estranged mother-in-law in rural Maine after an unexpected tragedy brings them together, also stars Rosie Perez, Dianne Wiest and Teyonah Parris.

We look forward to these films coming out later this year or early next.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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