Paramount Pictures has decided to make the Ava DuVernay's Selma free to rent on streaming services through the month of June. The film was initially released in 2014, and it is based on the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches led by James Bevel, Hosea Williams, Martin Luther King Jr., and John Lewis. It starred David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Andre Holland, Tessa Thompson, Giovanni Ribisi, Stephan James, Wendell Pierce, Common, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey, and many more.
Selma Paramount Statement and Trailer
"Ava DuVernay's powerful drama Selma tells the incredible story of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. led the epic march from Selma to Montgomery to secure equal voting rights in an event that forever altered history. Beginning today, Paramount is making Selma available for free rental on digital platforms through the end of the month. 55 years after the historic marches from Selma, as we witness the expression of decades of collective pain, we should reflect on Dr. King's words: "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." We hope this small gesture will encourage people throughout the country to examine our nation's history and reflect on the ways that racial injustice has infected our society. The key message of Selma is the importance of equality, dignity and justice for all people. Clearly, that message is as vital today as it was in 1965."
Recently Selma star David Oyelowo recounted a story about when the film was up for Oscars and how the Academy snubbed the movie after the stars wore "I Can't Breathe" shirts to the Los Angeles premiere of the film. "Members of the Academy called in to the studio and our producers saying, 'How dare they do that? Why are they stirring s–t?' and 'We are not going to vote for that film, because we do not think it is their place to be doing that,'" Oyelowo said in an interview with Screen Daily's Screen Talk.