Monday, April 22, 2024

Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” Adds Alessandro Nivola as Civil Rights Activist John Doar


EXCLUSIVE “American Hustle” DA Alessandro Nivola is hotter than ever this year. I just told he signed to star in Joe Berlinger’s “Facing the Wind.” Now I can tell you exclusively Nivola has signed on to play Civil Rights activist John Doar in Ava Duvernay’s “Selma” from Brad Pitt and DeeDee Gardner’s Plan B.

Doar– 92 years old and going strong still as a New York attorney– was a key civil rights activist in the 1960s. Nivola will be playing him as a young man. But just five years later, Doar– in the 1970s–helped prepare the impeachment of Richard Nixon. Just FYI.

Nivola Joins David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King and Tom Wilkinson as LBJ. Nivola has had a busy year so far, winning a SAG Award for best cast for “American Hustle”, being nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for his performance on Broadway in Terrence Rattigan’s “The Winslow Boy”, co-starring with Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain in JC Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year”, and producing the comedy series “Doll & Em” for HBO under his King Bee Productions banner. That show, as you know, co-starred his talented wife Emily Mortimer.

Whew! Is that enough? No. Nivola is in Atom Egoyan’s current “Devil’s Knot.” And this fall he returns to Broadway to star opposite Bradley Cooper in a revival of “The Elephant Man”. Nivola, Cooper and Patricia Clarkson will be on hand to present together at the Tony Awards on Sunday.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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