The Butler could well be a fascinating film, and now we get our first taste of the movie, as a trailer has popped up online.
Gay director Lee Daniels’ film stars Forest Whitaker as real-life figure Eugene Allen, who rose through the ranks at the White House from 1952 through 1986, where he served eight different Presidents and eventually became the head butler. It gave him a unique vantage point on the civil rights struggle.
As the trailer shows, the movie has a starry cast including Robin Williams and Melissa Leo as Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, James Marsden and Minka Kelly as JFK and Jackie O and Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, while the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Alex Pettyfer, Lenny Kravitz, Cuba Gooding Jr., Vanessa Redgrave, Jesse Williams, Mariah Carey, and David Oyelowo also star.
The movie is due out in the US in October, and is likely to be hoping for a strong Oscar run.