Hugh Jackman Joins Lee Daniels' Civil Rights Story Selma
It's seemed likely for a while that once Lee Daniels is done with the madness of Oscar season, the Precious director would focus on Selma, about the Alabama civil rights march led by Martin Luther King, Jr. And while the challenge of casting someone to play King seems like the biggest obstacle, Daniels has at least found one lead actor in Hugh Jackman.
Talking to USA Today about his preparations for Oscar, Daniels said Jackman was the only actor he had nailed down for the cast. "It's all over the place," he continued. Apparently Daniels plans to focus the story around King and Lyndon Johnson, who was motivated by the march to sign the Civil Rights Act. Of course, Jackman is not a likely contender to play Johnson or King, so it's unclear what his role would be. Most of the major players in the Selma march were either old white men or black activists, so where exactly will Jackman fit in? Hopefully Daniels can take a breather from Oscar stuff soon enough to clear this up.
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