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No-Name to Play One of 20th Century’s Biggest Names?

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Mar 17, 2010 | 4:05am EDT

Lee DanielsMuch like he did with PreciousLee Daniels has cast a relative unknown in the lead role for his next movie -- only difference is, the lead role in his next movie is one of the most important figures in American history: Martin Luther King Jr. Oh, and he’ll be played by a Brit! 

David Oyelowo has reportedly landed the role of a lifetime despite a somewhat limited filmography whose highlight thus far has been a smallish part in The Last King of Scotland.

The English actor joins another relative unknown, Hugh Jackman (as Alabama sheriff Jim Clark), in Selma, which is tentatively slated to start shooting in May.

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