Neeson will play President Lyndon B. Johnson, who wasn't physically at the famous march in Selma, Alabama, but pushed legislation through with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the National Voting Rights Act of 1965. Cedric the Entertainer will be playing Ralph Abernathy, who helped Martin Luther King Jr. orchestrate the Selma march.
It was also said that the key role of Alabama governor George Wallace has yet to be cast. It was believed that Robert De Niro could play the role, but it seems that it might not work out to have De Niro aboard the film. Hugh Jackman and David Oyelowo have already been cast in the film.