Oprah Winfrey reunites with The Butler co-star David Oyelowo in Selma, a biopic about the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that contains scenes that may seem chillingly familiar to many viewers following recent current events.
The first trailer for the movie, directed by Ava DuVernay and co-produced by Winfrey (and Brad Pitt), was released on Thursday. Oyelowo, a British actor, played Oprah's son in The Butler. In Selma, he plays King, one of the most famous American civil rights leaders in history. Winfrey plays one of his supporters.
King helped spearhead the nation's civil rights movement, which aimed to end racial segregation and discrimination. King, who supported nonviolent civil disobedience, was assassinated at age 39 on April 4, 1968. The trailer shows King meeting with the U.S. president amid ongoing protests and violence in the South. He tells him, "Mr. President, in the South there have been thousands of racially-motivated murders. We need your help!"
King, a Baptist minister, is also shown speaking to churchgoers. Donning glasses, Oprah is seen among the crowd.
"It is unacceptable that they use their power and keep us voiceless!" King says, drawing applause. "Those that have gone before us say, 'No more!'"