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Director Ava DuVernay announced the exciting news on Instagram. “Warmly welcoming Ledisi, one of my favorite vocalists, to the SELMA film family as the great Mahalia Jackson #selmafilm,” she shared. The famed filmmaker took over the project after funding failed to come through for original director Lee Daniels.
Selma, which will be distributed by Paramount and produced by Oprah Winfrey, will also star David Oyelowo as Dr. King and Lorraine Toussaint as Amelia Boynton.