On Thursday night the first trailer for “Selma” premiered to much fanfare. The Ava Duvernay directed film is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches  lead by Hosea Williams, and Martin Luther King, Jr., and John Lewis. Among the heavy-hitters starring in the film are Oprah Winfrey, Carmen Ejogo, David Oyelowo, Common, Wendell Pierce, and Tessa Thompson. From the dramatic trailer alone it is clear that this film will be an Oscar contender–and if it isn’t we might have another march to organize. But in all seriousness, the trailer is gripping and worth a few views and shares. Check it out.

The film will be on limited release on Christmas Day and extend into wide release in January 2015.

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