Oprah & Forest Whitaker Garner Oscar Buzz In The First Trailer For The Butler
Sorry, Terrence Howard, but no one will be talking about Oprah‘s tig ol’ bitties after watching the first trailer for The Butler.
Inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about an African-American man who served as a butler (Forest Whitaker) for eight Presidents in the White House for over thirty years, Lee Daniels’ forthcoming film is already garnering serious Oscar buzz. Told from a truly unique vantage point, The Butler traces the dramatic changes that swept American society, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.
Taking on the role of Ms. Allen, the title character’s supportive wife, The Butler marks Oprah’s first star turn in a feature film since 1998′s Beloved. The Butler also stars Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower, Orlando Eric Street as Barack Obama, and Nelsan Ellis as Martin Luther King Jr. as well as co-stars Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, David Oyelowo, Vanessa Redgrave, and Alex Pettyfer.
Produced by The Weinstein Company, The Butler hit theaters on October 18. Watch the trailer below.