There are going to be an awful lot of US Presidents in The Butler, as it’s about a man who served eight of them working in the White House. The likes of John Cusack (Richard Nixon), Alan Rickman (Ronald Reagan), James Marsden (JFK), and Robin Williams (Dwight D Eisenhower) are already onboard, and now they’ve been joined by Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, according to Deadline.
The movie is a biopic about longtime White House butler, Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), began his White House employment in 1952, under President Harry S. Truman, and retired in 1986, during President Ronald Reagan’s second term in office. In that time the African American rose through the ranks and was there as the Civil Rights struggle played out in the halls of power.
Jane Fonda, Minka Kelly, David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey Melissa Leo, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave, Cuba Gooding Jr, Elijah Kelly, Jesse Williams, Mariah Carey and more are also set to star. Lee Daniels will direct from a script by Danny Strong.