Robert DeNiro

*Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Robert DeNiro has been cast as Alabama Governor George Wallace in director Lee Daniels’ upcoming civil rights film “Selma.”

Wallace was the controversial political figure known for his Southern populist pro-segregation attitudes.

To stop desegregation by the enrollment of black students Vivian Malone and James Hood at the University of Alabama, he stood in front of Foster Auditorium on June 11, 1963, until federal marshals, Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, and the Alabama National Guard influenced him to step aside. (Watch clip below.)

George Wallace

Martin Luther King, Jr. led marches  between Selma and Montgomery, Alabama to protest Wallace’s unwillingness to give blacks their rights.

Some of the other key roles that need to be cast in Daniels’ film include President Lyndon Johnson and Martin Luther King, Jr.