Marvel Wants ‘Selma’ Director for Upcoming Movie

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Selma was an Oscar nominated movie about the racially charged march of Martin Luthor King. Jr. from Selma to Montgomery, which eventually led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. It was an important movie that was spearheaded by Oprah Winfrey and featured an amazing performance by David Oyelowo.

It doesn’t seem like the place that Marvel would go to find a director, but that looks to be what is happening. TheWrap reported on Tuesday that Marvel wants to bring aboard Selma director Ava DuVernay for a “diverse” movie. One has to believe that they want DuVernay to direct the upcoming Black Panther movie, which will star Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa, the future king of the fictional African country of Wakanda.

Of course, just because Marvel wants Ava DuVernay doesn’t mean that she will take the job. Plus, Marvel has a way of hiring director and then replacing them if things don’t go right, so even if she gets the job, it doesn’t mean that she will stick around. Also, there is some thought that she might be in line for Captain Marvel since Marvel wanted a female director for that movie – their first with a female lead.

However, the biggest bet is Black Panther, since that is the next movie that Marvel is setting up and the word is that they wanted a black director for the movie, which DuVerney also qualifies as.

For those who have seen Selma or Ava DuVernay’s Sundance winning movie Middle of Nowhere, does this news make you more or less excited for Black Panther? Let us know in the comments below.

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Shawn S. Lealos
Shawn is a film critic with over 25 years of experience in print and online media. He is a member of the Oklahoma Film Critics Circle and loves everything from critically acclaimed movies to B-level action flicks.
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