*”Precious” director Lee Daniels is moving forward with the casting of his civil rights film “Selma” despite a significant lack of funding.
David Oyelowo, the British actor who appeared in “A Raisin in the Sun” and stars in George Lucas’ “Red Tails,” has been cast as the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in the film surrounding his historic marches in 1965 in Selma, Ala.
Hugh Jackman joins the cast as a racist sheriff. The part of Alabama Gov. George Wallace is still up for grabs.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Pathe International had been attached to finance the project, but might be scaling back its involvement, the extent of which was not immediately clear. It is known that the film is currently being shopped around in the hope of raising funds.
Financial straits aren’t new for Daniels, who faced similar hurdles when making “Precious,” which relied on then-obscure financier Smokewood Entertainment and went on to win two Oscars.