by: Sammy Mink
Oprah Winfrey and Jeremy Strong join the Civil Rights movement in Ava DuVernay’s SELMA. The period drama centers on the Selma, Alabama protests in 1965 which marked the peak of the civil rights movement. Oprah, who is also producing the project, will play Annie Lee Cooper, an activist who garnered attention after she tried to register to vote but was turned away, sparking a scuffle between herself and a local sheriff. Strong has been cast as James Reeb, a Boston minister and civil rights activist.
Lately, Oprah has made quite a name for herself as an actress, having appeared first in “The Color Purple” as Sofia, which earned her an Oscar nom, and, recently, getting attention for her role as Gloria Gaines in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler.” Her next producing credits include the films “The Hundred Foot Journey,” starring Helen Mirren, and Universal’s adaptation “The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.” Oprah has also been cast in an untitled comedy from Universal and Michael Patrick King where she’ll star alongside Meryl Streep and Sandra Bullock.
Strong is best known for his roles on TNT’s “Mob City” and the CBS drama “The Good Wife.” He has also appeared in “The Happening,” “Zero Dark Thirty,” and “Lincoln.” He was recently cast in Oren Moverman’s drama “Time Out of Mind” and will appear in the Warner Bros. film “The Judge” with Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall.