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Watch the First Trailer for Ava DuVernay's Selma

Left to right: Tess Thompson plays Diane Nash and Common plays James Bevel in SELMA, from Paramount Pictures, Pathé, and Harpo Films.  (Photo: Atsushi Nishijima/Paramount Pictures)

Watch the First Trailer for Ava DuVernay's Selma

David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King Jr. in the drama.

UPDATED ON : NOVEMBER 7, 2014 / 08:45 AM

The first full trailer for Ava DuVernay's civil rights drama Selma has been released, and the film seems to live up to all the promise. 

The two minute clip gives us strong performances — especially by a nearly unrecognizable David Oyelowo as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — exemplary direction and an important social message. Essentially, all the ingredients for an Oscar contender, which we fully expect Selma to be this year.

Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. King led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson (Tom Wilkinson) signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement.  

Cuba Gooding Jr., Common, Carmen Ejogo, Lorraine Toussaint and Oprah Winfrey (who is one of the producers of the film) also star.

Check out the trailer for Selma below! The film will be in select theaters on December 25, and everywhere starting January 9.

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Written by Evelyn Diaz


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