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Oprah Winfrey joins cast of Selma

Oprah Winfrey is to star in Martin Luther King Jr drama Selma.

The US talk show host was already on board as a producer but it has now been confirmed that she will also appear in the in the film about the civil rights marches of 1965, reported The Wrap.

She will play Annie Lee Cooper, a civil rights protester who tried to register to vote but was denied the chance.

Oprah, 60, joins her co-star from The Butler David Oyelowo, who is playing King, Andre Holland, Carmen Ejogo and Tom Wilkinson, who will portray President Lyndon B Johnson.

Tim Roth will play Alabama governor George Wallace, who was a supporter of racial segregation and whose beliefs and "bullying tactics" helped to trigger the freedom march, where black Americans attempted to walk from Selma to Alabama's capital of Montgomery in order to gain voting rights, only to be beaten back by police.

Ava DuVernay will direct Selma, which also counts Brad Pitt among the producers.

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