There's already been a lot of talk about how timely and relevant the new Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma" is, and after the movie's release on Christmas Day, Paramount has decided to widen the movie's accessibility even further.
Variety reports that starting January 9, the Selma Walton Theater in the city of Selma will be offering free screenings of the film as a gesture of appreciation toward its namesake town.
"With deep gratitude to the people of Selma, Alabama, we are proud to share this powerful film depicting the historic events that took place there 50 years ago," said Oprah Winfrey, one of the film's producers on behalf of the group. "I hope generations will watch the film and share their stories of remembrance and history together."
Since it opened on December 25, the film has already earned $1.2 million at the 19 locations where it was being shown, and the film will expand nationwide on January 9.
The mayor of Selma, George P. Evans, issued a statement about Paramount's decision to offer free screenings of the Ava DuVernay-directed movie:
"I’m so happy that the movie ‘Selma’ will be shown in Selma when it’s released to the nation," Evans said. "I’m so grateful of the fact that Selma has been blessed to have a movie named after it. I’m thankful to the producers, director Ava, and executive producer Paul Garnes for their leadership, and all of the cast for selecting Selma to produce this movie.”
David Oyelowo plays Martin Luther King Jr. in the film, with Tom Wilkinson as President Lyndon B. Johns and Oprah herself taking up the part of an activist named Annie Lee Cooper.