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Paramount Pictures and Pathé have set a Christmas day initial limited release date for Ava DuVernay's "Selma," which will be followed by a nationwide theatrical expansion on January 9, 2015. 

The early limited roll-out suggests an Oscar-qualifying run for the film, which shouldn't be a surprise, given the material, and the talent involved, both in front of and behind the camera.

Telling the story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s historic voting rights struggle, the film’s release will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the landmark legislation.

David Oyelowo leads a cast that includes Carmen Ejogo, Tom Wilkinson, Colman Domingo, Tim Roth, Giovanni Ribisi, Keith Stanfield, Andre Holland, Tessa Thompson, Kent Faulcon, Oprah Winfrey and more, in a film produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Christian Colson (who won an Oscar for producing "Slumdog Millionaire"). 


Paramount Pictures will release the Pathe UK-backed project.