Forest Whitaker Leads a Fantastic Cast in First 'The Butler' Trailer
"Everything you are, and everything you have, is because of that butler." The first trailer has debuted for Lee Daniels' new film The Butler starring Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents as the White House's head butler. As the latest follow-up to Lee Daniels' Oscar-winning Precious and his southern Gothic film The Paperboy, this is expected to be Oscar bait. It has quite a supporting cast to boot, with actors like Robin Williams, John Cusack, James Marsden, Liev Schreiber and Alan Rickman playing various Presidents. Even Oprah has a role, along with Cuba Gooding Jr., David Oyelowo and Lenny Kravitz. I'm not sure what to make of this, it's a very melodramatic trailer but doesn't look terrible.
Here's the first official trailer for Lee Daniels' The Butler, originally from Yahoo:
The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels from a script by Danny Strong, stars Oscar winner Forest Whitaker as the White House's head butler, with an ensemble cast: Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines, David Oyelowo as Louis Gaines, John Cusack as Nixon, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon 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. The Weinstein Company picked up the film for release, and currently has The Butler scheduled to open limited theaters starting October 18th this fall.