Tom Wilkinson has been tipped for a leading role in the forthcoming Martin Luther King movie Selma, it has been reported.
Oscar-nominee Wilkinson (In the Bedroom, Michael Clayton) would be playing former US president Lyndon B Johnson alongside David Oyelowo.
Efforts to make a film about the civil rights leader's life have been difficult in the past, with Selma coming closest so far. Lee Daniels, Hugh Jackman and Liam Neeson have all been attached to the project at various points.
The drama will follow King's key 1965 campaign for voting rights, often regarded as a landmark moment in the civil rights movement. Johnson gave a memorable speech in support a week after fierce racial violence was sparked by the historic march in Selma, Alabama.
Wilkinson will next be seen in Joel Edgerton's thriller Felony and Vince Vaughn's comedy Business or Pleasure, as well as Good People, Little Boy and Jenny's Wedding.Reuse content