Hugh Jackman To Topline Daniel’s ‘Selma’

Hugh Jackman To Topline Daniel’s ‘Selma’

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman at the Industry Screening of 'X-Men Origins Wolverine'. Grauman's Chinese Theater, Hollywood, CA. 04-28-09

ALTSource: USA Today

Director Lee Daniels revealed in a USA Today article that Hugh Jackman will star in his Civil Rights movie Selma, which he hopes to start shooting in May.

Daniels said, “I had to do a lot of homework on the script, and I spent a lot of time writing. I feel like I’m caught up a little bit with that. I have to really start casting the movie because we’re shooting it soon. The only person I’ve nailed in for sure is Hugh Jackman. It’s all over the place.”

It was previously reported that Robert De Niro was going to play Alabama Governor George Wallace, but that might not be the case now that Daniels says only Jackman is confirmed.

Selma, Alabama was the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act.