News

Oprah heading back to big screen for MLK biopic

Oprah heading back to big screen for MLK biopic

OPRAH:The movie will reunite the 60-year-old with her "Lee Daniels' The Butler" co-star David Oyelowo, who will play King. Photo: Associated Press

TV titan Oprah Winfrey has joined the cast of her Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic “Selma.”

Winfrey is producing the film alongside Brad Pitt and now she is set to portray civil rights protester Annie Lee Cooper, an elderly woman who tried to register to vote and was denied by a sheriff.

The movie will reunite the 60-year-old with her “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” co-star David Oyelowo, who will play King, while Cuba Gooding, Jr. will star as American civil rights lawyer Fred Gray, British actor Tom Wilkinson has signed on to play former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson, and Tim Roth will portray controversial U.S. governor George Wallace.

Recent Headlines

in Local

Crooked Contractor Sent to Prison

Fresh
sorenson

A Springfield man is admitting to bilking a customer out of more than $50,000 for home repair work he never did.

in Local

State Contract with AFSCME Extended 2 Months; Governor Vetoes Anti-Strike Bill

afscme

There's still no state budget, but contract talks continue with the biggest state workers' union.

in Local

Sherman in Good Financial Setting

sherman

There might be one easy way to describe the budget situation...in Sherman.

in Local

Electronics Recycling Available in Springfield — Take 2

Keyboard with go green button, ecology concept.

Springfield residents will have another opportunity to get rid of their unwanted electronics by recycling them.

in Local

Rauner Approves Expansion of SNAP Benefits

SNAP

Newly signed legislation will expand access to food stamps in Illinois.