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Mira Nair just landed two of the hottest starts right now for her upcoming film. According to Deadline, David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o are in negotiations for roles in Disney’s “Queen of Katwe.” “Queen of Katwe” tells the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young chess prodigy. She hails from a Ugandan slum and works hard to get herself into the World Chess Olympiad. Oyelowo’s character is set for the role of Robert Katende, Phiona’s coach and mentor. Nyong’o will play Harriet Mutesi, Phiona’s mother. William Wheeler wrote the scriptRead More
Rocky Balboa is coming back to the big screen and the new film has found its female lead. According to Deadline, Tessa Thompson has joined the Rocky spinoff “Creed.” “Creed” will focus on the grandson of Apollo Creed, who will be played by Michael B. Jordan, a boxer trained by his mentor and grandfather’s friend Rocky Balboa. Sylvester Stallone will be reprising his iconic role for the film. The film was written by Aaron Covington with Ryan Coogler serving as the director, who worked with Jordan on “Fruitvale Station.” Irwin Winkler and Robert Chartoff,Read More
Lupita Nyong’o’s first project post Oscar and “Star Wars” may be shaping up to get going. Variety reports David Oyelowo is signing on to star opposite the “12 Years a Slave” star in “Americanah,” based on the acclaimed novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Nyong’o is playing the role of Ifemelu, a beautiful and self-assured Nigerian youth who journeys to America, leaving her love, a young man named Obinze (Oyelowo), behind. She “suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something sheRead More
The nominations for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards have been announced, and some of our favorite up and comers of the year are among them. Over in Film, Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones were nominated for Best Actor, Drama and Best Actress, Drama, respectively, for their performances in Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything,” while David Oyelowo was nominated for Best Actor for playing another iconic real life figure, Martin Luther King, Jr. in “Selma.” Another biopic actor nominated is Benedict Cumberbatch, who played Alan Turing in “The ImitationRead More
The Independent Spirit Awards announced their nominees for the 2014 awards, led by “Birdman” with six nominations. Among those nominated for the Alejandro G. Iñárritu film is Emma Stone, landing her first nomination for Best Supporting Actress. Other up and comers nominated include Jenny Slate for “Obvious Child” and David Oyelowo for “Selma.” Below is the full list of nominations. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on February 21, 2015. BEST FEATURE (Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.) Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue ofRead More
David Oyelowo is an actor who has been steadily impressing in more and more roles over the past couple of years, and this December, we may be seeing him in the role of a lifetime as he plays Martin Luther King, Jr. in historical drama “Selma.” Now, we have the first images of Oyelowo in the role, bearing a striking resemblance to the late Civil Rights leader. Ava DuVernay directed the film about MLK’s leading of thousands of Civil Rights supporters on a historic 5-day, 54-mile march from Selma toRead More

Posted On May 8, 2014By Layla HedgesIn Casting

Andre Holland Joins Civil Rights Drama ‘Selma’

Actor Andre Holland has joined the cast of Paramount’s drama “Selma”, about the civil rights movement of 1965 and Martin Luther King Jr’s voting rights campaign. The story hones in on black marchers’ attempts to move from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama and gain their voting rights, the police responding with force. Holland will be playing politician and activist Andrew Young in the film, who worked closely with King during the movement. He joins a strong ensemble including David Oyelowo (“Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) in the momentous roleRead More
Brie Larson wasn’t the only breakout star of Destin Cretton’s incredible “Short Term 12,” and she’s not the only one making the most of that film’s success. Keith Stanfield, who played teenage ward of the state Marcus in the film, has been landing pretty cool gigs since and adds another one today. The Wrap reports he is joining David Oyelowo in “Selma,” a biopic about Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. Oprah Winfrey is a producer on the project, which Ava DuVernay is directing from a Paul Webb scriptRead More
Carmen Ejogo is currently in talks to join Martin Luther King Jr. biopic “Selma” to portray Coretta Scott King, according to THR. Ejogo will join the project with the previously cast David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King Jr. and Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johnson. Ava DuVernay is directing. “Selma” will detail the historic civil rights marches from Selma to Montgomery in order to gain voting rights, only to be beaten back by police. It took marchers three attempts to make the journey as their numbers grew. Coretta Scott,Read More