Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tom Wilkinson in talks to play President Johnson in civil rights film

British actor TOM WILKINSON is in talks to play U.S. president LYNDON B. JOHNSON in a new civil rights drama, which will feature DAVID OYELOWO as MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Selma, which will be produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt, among others, chronicles the attempts of African-American activists walking from Selma to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, in 1965 in order to gain voting rights. President Johnson introduced the Voting Rights Act, prohibiting discrimination when voting on federal, state and local levels, as a result of the protests. Wilkinson previously portrayed Benjamin Franklin in TV mini-series John Adams. Bryan Cranston is currently portraying President Johnson on Broadway in the play All The Way.

Tom Wilkinson in talks to play President Johnson in civil rights film

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Tom Wilkinson, Fox Searchlight TIFF Party at Spice Route during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
Tom Wilkinson, Fox Searchlight TIFF Party at Spice Route during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Joe Kan/WENN.com
British actor TOM WILKINSON is in talks to play U.S. president LYNDON B. JOHNSON in a new civil rights drama, which will feature DAVID OYELOWO as MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. Selma, which will be produced by Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt, among others, chronicles the attempts of African-American activists walking from Selma to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, in 1965 in order to gain voting rights. President Johnson introduced the Voting Rights Act, prohibiting discrimination when voting on federal, state and local levels, as a result of the protests. Wilkinson previously portrayed Benjamin Franklin in TV mini-series John Adams. Bryan Cranston is currently portraying President Johnson on Broadway in the play All The Way.
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