McConaughey, Rickman, & More Attached to Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'
Since he left romantic comedies behind in 2009, Matthew McConaughey has been reclaiming his spot in the industry as a respectable leading man. He recently worked with John Cusack on Lee Daniels' The Paperboy, the director's follow-up to his Oscar-nominated Precious. According to THR, there's a reunion in the works since McConaughey is now attached to star alongside Cusack in Daniels' upcoming historical drama The Butler, led by Forrest Whitaker as a White House servant who worked under the reign of eight presidents. Cuba Gooding Jr., Alan Rickman, and Terrence Howard are all attached, too. Read on!
We don't have a lot of information about the potential roles these actors will take in The Butler, but THR mentions that many of them could be cameos. Even if that's the case, the main cast is already turning heads and attaching big-name talent like this can only do good things for the public awareness of the movie. People like Oprah Winfrey (as Whitaker's wife) and even Jane Fonda are getting involved, as that outspoken actress will be playing the role of Nancy Reagan in the film. Here's hoping that Liam Neeson playing Lyndon B. Johnson is still in the cards, even if it's just a cameo. The Butler seems like a great historical drama that could deal with some iconic times in United States history (to say the least), so I'll be glad to see McConaughey return to a project that seems to carry the same importance as Spielberg's Amistad in 1997.
I really dislike Daniel's style, but this story sounds great. It reminds me of Forrest Gump.
peloquin on May 10, 2012
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