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Paramount Plus Releases “Becoming King” Spotlighting David Oyelowo’s Transformative Journey as Martin Luther King Jr.

The documentary offers an intimate look at Oyelowo’s preparation and emotional commitment to his career-defining role in “Selma.”
February 25, 2024
10:37 pm
David Oyelowo as MLK

In a tribute to Black History Month, Paramount Plus has unveiled the documentary “Becoming King,” shedding light on the seven-year odyssey of British-Nigerian actor David Oyelowo’s portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in the critically acclaimed film “Selma.”


Directed by Jessica Oyelowo, the documentary is a deep dive into the actor’s transformative journey embodying the iconic civil rights leader.


Released on Feb. 19, 2024, “Becoming King” offers audiences an intimate glimpse into the meticulous preparation and emotional commitment David Oyelowo poured into what became a career-defining role.


Jessica Oyelowo, the director, expressed her deep dedication to capturing her husband’s profound metamorphosis on screen, emphasizing her readiness to embrace the challenge of documenting Oyelowo’s preparation even before “Selma” received the green light.


The documentary is a collaborative masterpiece between Yoruba Saxon and MTV Entertainment Studios, with David and Jessica Oyelowo serving as producers.


Positioned as the centerpiece of Paramount Plus’s Black Voices Collection, “Becoming King” stands as a testament to the diverse narratives and contributions of Black visionaries in arts, culture, and history.


The film features behind-the-scenes footage, intimate home videos, and insightful interviews with luminaries such as Ava DuVernay, Lee Daniels, George Lucas, and Oprah Winfrey.


Becoming King

This multifaceted exploration of Oyelowo’s immersion into the character of Martin Luther King Jr. offers viewers a comprehensive understanding of the actor’s profound commitment to his craft.


Alongside its spotlight on Oyelowo’s journey in “Selma,” the Black Voices Collection on Paramount Plus provides a platform for other seminal works where the actor has left an indelible mark, including “The Butler” and the “Lawmen: Bass Reeves” series.


“Becoming King” serves not only as a tribute to a remarkable performance but also as a celebration of Black excellence in the world of cinema.


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