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Cuba Gooding, Jr. joins MLK biopic

Cuba Gooding, Jr. joins MLK biopic

CUBA GOODING, JR.: The star has signed on to be part of the MLK, Jr. biopic "Selma." Photo: Associated Press/Paul A. Herbert

Actor Cuba Gooding, Jr. has joined the cast of the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic film “Selma.”

The “Jerry Maguire” star will play American civil rights lawyer and activist Fred Gray in the movie, which will centre on King’s voting rights campaign in 1965.

David Oyelowo will portray King, while British actor Tom Wilkinson has signed on to play former U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson in the film.

Oprah Winfrey and Brad Pitt are among the project’s producers.

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