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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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FILE - In this Jan. 31, 2014, file photo, Amanda Knox prepares to leave the set following a television interview in New York. Knox is engaged to Colin Sutherland, a musician who recently moved to Seattle from New York, a person close to the Knox family confirmed for The Associated Press. Knox’s murder conviction in the 2007 stabbing of her roommate has been reinstated by an Italian court, but the former college exchange student maintains her innocence and vows she won’t willingly go back to Italy. Both Knox and Sutherland are 27. No wedding date had been set.

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