Ava DuVernay to Direct Martin Luther King Biopic SELMA

Replaces Lee Daniels behind the camera.

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay (‘Middle of Nowhere,’ ‘I Will Follow’) has signed on to take the director’s chair for the Martin Luther King biopic ‘Selma,’ says Deadline.

Penned by Paul Webb, the story deals with “King‘s 1965 landmark voting rights campaign regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement.”

DuVernay replaces Lee Daniels who was originally set to direct before moving on to helm ‘The Butler.’

‘Selma’ will see DuVernay reuniting with her ‘Middle of Nowhere’ leading man David Oyelowo (‘The Butler,’ ‘The Paperboy’ ‘Lincoln’), who has long been attached to portray play King.

Brad Pitt’s Plan B, Pathe UK, and producer Christian Colson are backing the project.