David Oyelowo remains an unsung star of the big screen. The actor disappears into every role he plays, generating transformative, formidable performances. He can go from leading to supporting roles with ease. His latest vehicle, however, is a leading venture. In the upcoming sci-fi/horror flick “Don’t Let Go,” Oyelowo plays a cop who tragically loses its niece. But, once she calls him two weeks into the future, he gets a chance to prevent her death before it happens.
In honor of the film’s release, the latest Circuit Q&A acknowledges some of his past work. His most prolific role is undoubtedly Martin Luther King, Jr. in the historic biopic “Selma.” Oyelowo garnered both Critics’ Choice and Golden Globe nominations for his raved portrayal. But despite “Selma” garnering a Best Picture nomination at the Oscars, Oyelowo couldn’t enter what was a competitive Best Actor category.
Prior to “Selma” was Oyelowo’s work in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” where the actor had a supporting role. The movie had a stacked ensemble filled with star power. Yet, Oyelowo emerged a standout as Louis, the rebellious son of protagonist Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker). In addition, Oyelowo and “Selma” director Ava DuVernay previously collaborated on the indie “Middle of Nowhere.”
Oyelowo has also been a presence on both the stage and television. In the HBO movie “Nightingale,” he plays Peter Snowden, a war veteran who psychologically unravels. Oyelowo earned his first Primetime Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television for his work.
His other film and TV credits include the recent adaptation of “Les Miserables” where he plays the antagonistic Javert, movies like the biopic “Queen of Katwe” and “A United Kingdom” round out his filmography. Now, we’d like to hear from you.