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TOM WILKINSON IN TALKS TO PLAY PRESIDENT JOHNSON IN CIVIL RIGHTS FILM

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 - 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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