Lorraine Toussaint To Play Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton In Ava DuVernay’s MLK Drama ‘Selma’Posted by Wilson Morales
April 22, 2014
Lorraine Toussaint, who was featured in Ava DuVernay‘s Middle of Nowhere, will reunite with the director as she joins the cast of her MLK biopic, ‘Selma.’ DuVernay announced her casting through her Instagram account earlier today.
Selma details the attempts of black marchers to walk from Selma to Montgomery, the capital of Alabama, in 1965 in order to gain voting rights, only to be beaten back by police. It took the organizers three attempts to make the journey as marchers swelled in numbers each time.
Toussaint will play civil rights activist Amelia Boynton (Robinson), who was a a leader of the American Civil Rights Movement in Selma, Alabama and a key figure in the 1965 march that became known as Bloody Sunday. Robinson also ran for the Congress from Alabama in 1964, the first female African-American ever to do so and the first female of any race to run for the ticket of the Democratic Party in Alabama.
Oprah Winfrey and her Harpo production company, Plan B’s Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, and Christian Colson will produce the film. Paramount will distribute the film.
A veteran of numerous films and television projects, Toussaint will next be seen in the second season of Netflix’s hot series, ‘Orange Is the New Black.’