Lee Daniels Looks to Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy in 'The Butler'
Precious director Lee Daniels seems to have been dominating the world of casting news over the past few months, locking down big name after big name for high-profile cameos and supporting roles in his upcoming historical drama The Butler. The film tells the story of real-life White House butler Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker) as he watches society change while serving under eight different Presidents. In an interview with ScreenDaily, Daniels said he's chosen "Friday Night Lights" star Minka Kelly to play the alluring Jackie Kennedy, but it's unclear if the actress has actually signed on just yet.
While she's undoubtedly beautiful, it's hard for me to picture Kelly holding her own against the powerhouse actors Daniels has secured so far. We've known about the majority of the cast for a while, but now we have a bit of clarification as to which roles they'll play. Oprah Winfrey will play Eugene Allen's wife, David Oyelowo will play Allen's son, Matthew McConaughey will take on the iconic role of John F. Kennedy, John Cusack will appear as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman will drop his British accent to play Ronald Reagan, and Jane Fonda will play his wife Nancy. ScreenDaily also mentions Lenny Kravitz (who had a small role in Precious) is now on board, joining Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Nicole Kidman in still-unidentified roles. Filming is set to begin on July 16th, but there may be more casting to come.