Background left to right: Tessa Thompson plays Diane Nash, Omar Dorsey plays James Orange, Colman Domingo plays Ralph Abernathy, David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King, Jr., André Holland plays Andrew Young, Corey Reynolds plays Rev. C.T. Vivian, and Lorraine Toussaint plays Amelia Boynton in SELMA, from Paramount Pictures and Pathé.
The first trailer for director Ava DuVernay's "Selma" is here, and it's got Oscar watchers a-buzz.

"Selma" takes place in 1965 during the most crucial months of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s campaign for equal voting rights, including the historical march from Selma to Montogomery, AL.

David Oyelowo stars as the civil rights leader alongside Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson, Dylan Baker as J. Edgar Hoover, and Tim Roth as Alabama Gov. George Wallace, Common as civil rights activist James Bevel, and Carmen Ejogo as Coretta Scott King. Keep an eye out for producer Oprah Winfrey as protester Annie Lee Cooper. If you're not moved by the trailer, well, we don't know what to tell you.

DuVernay made a splash at Sundance with "Middle of Nowhere" in 2012, an intimate drama that snagged her the Best Director award at the festival.

"Selma" opens on Christmas for a limited Oscar run, then opens nationwide on January 9.

[Via The Hollywood Reporter]