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First Look: Forest Whitaker as 'The Butler' Directed by Lee Daniels

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August 20, 2012
Source: Variety

Forest Whitaker

Introducing Mr. Eugene Allen, a servant in the White House who worked through eight presidents from Harry S. Truman to Ronald Reagan. Production is underway down in New Orleans on The Butler, the next film from Lee Daniels (who also made The Paperboy in the meantime), starring Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen. Variety's Showblitz has unveiled the first official photo of Whitaker in costume, on the set of Daniels' The Butler, but appearing only in nearly silhouette form. It's still a pristine shot, and as our first official introduction to this film and this character, I think it's worth seeing anyway. So take a look below.

Forest Whitaker as The Butler

The Butler, written & directed by Lee Daniels, stars Oscar winner Forest Whitaker as the White House butler Eugene Allen, along with an ensemble cast: Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines, David Oyelowo as Louis Gaines, John Cusack as Nixon, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as JFK, Cuba Gooding Jr. as Carter Wilson, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower and Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower. Shooting is underway down in New Orleans, and the film will likely hit theaters sometime in late 2013. Looking forward to seeing much more from this.

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  • DAVIDPD
    Interesting. Hitchcockian?
  • The Truth
    This would be a good idea to make "The Hall of the Presidents" movie take from the Disney attraction. It's going to be so cool to see all these actors playing famous people over the years in one movie!
  • Qmc0808
    What a minute.....did they say John Cusack as Nixon? All of the other characters depictions depiction sounded reasonable but I can quit picture that one. Not to say he's a bad actor it's just hard to picture in my head
  • max
    *double take* Cusack as Nixon?

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