Hugh Jackman to Play Sheriff Jim Clark in Lee Daniels’ Upcoming Civil Rights Drama SELMA

     March 11, 2010

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Remember how just last week we told you that Hugh Jackman was cast in Lee Daniels’ upcoming film, Selma, about the three marches in 1965 from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama during the height of the American Civil Rights Movement? Now, Vulture has the scoop about what role Jackman will be playing: the hot-tempered sheriff Jim Clark, who sparked international controversy for his actions. Jackman also seemed to realize that he had just inadvertently given them a major bit of news, as he said, “You’re the first person I’ve told, so I’m not even sure if I was meant to say that. So there you go, that’s enough trouble for one night.”

The Aussie actor, who hosted the Oscars last year, was a fan of Daniels’ film Precious, which he felt was the best of the year despite not winning Best Picture last weekend (it did however, win Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay). He also divulged what he thought of this year’s hosts and a story about him getting naked for acting class. Meanwhile, with the recent rumor of Robert De Niro set to play the Governor of Alabama as well, it is apparent that Daniels is quickly rising up the ranks of Hollywood directors. With shooting planned for May, casting news is going to be heating up so stay tuned for more.

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