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Thu, Jan 23, 2014 12:35 PM EST

The race to finish a Martin Luther King Jr. film project is on. This week Jamie Foxx announced that he was teaming up with Oliver Stone to work on a film based on the slain Civil Rights leader's life, and now Oprah has announced that she's signed on to produce Ava DuVernay's upcoming feature film, "Selma," which is based on the 1965 Voting Rights campaign.

DuVernay took over directing duties from Lee Daniels, who faced numerous challenges in financing the project. 

Oprah joins a number of big-name producers for the project, including Brad Pitt's Plan B and Christian Colson, who won an Oscar for producing "Slumdog Millionaire."

(h/t Shadow and Act)