While Lee Daniels' Civil Rights drama Selma started off with the least-expected casting -- Hugh Jackman -- the roster has slingshot back to the top spot. The Hollywood Reporter posts that Daniels has picked British actor David Oyelowo to play Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. While Oyelowo does have a decent number of roles to his name -- such as Dr. Junju in The Last King of Scotland and Orlando in the sumo-twisted As You Like It (I'm serious -- sumo Shakespeare, check it out.) -- this will surely be the actor's chance at a break-away, name-making gig.

Not an all-out King biopic, the film will focus on the historic, 1965 marches in Selma, Alabama, where a march for voting rights turned into a ghastly affair with the local and state police that was dubbed "Bloody Sunday." Jackman, the first released cast member, will play a racist sheriff. As for the rest of the potential players, that seems to be under wraps. THR's post suggests the rest of the cast has been picked, as they note: "The part of Alabama Gov. George Wallace remains up for grabs."

Unfortunately, it seems that Pathe International, the financier, could be scaling back its involvement, so hopefully any money woes get straightened out soon. In the meantime, you can catch Oyelowo in George Lucas' upcoming Tuskegee Airman feature, Red Tails. For those familiar with Oyelowo's work, what do you think of this casting?
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