The first trailer for Lee Daniels’ upcoming period drama The Butler has been released. Inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article, the film centers Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), an African-American man who served as a butler to eight Presidents in the White House for over thirty years. Check out the incredible trailer below.
Robin Williams (Dwight Eisenhower), John Cusack (Richard Nixon), James Marsden (John F. Kennedy), Alan Rickman (Ronald Reagan), Minka Kelly (Jackie Kennedy), Alex Pettyfer (Thomas Westfall), Lenny Kravitz (James Holloway), Nelsan Ellis (Martin Luther King Jr.), Liev Schreiber (Lyndon B. Johnson), Melissa Leo (Mamie Eisenhower), and Jane Fonda (Nancy Reagan) co-star. The Butler opens on October 18th and will most likely hit the festival circuit in the fall. Trailer courtesy of Yahoo.
THE BUTLER, based on the screenplay by Danny Strong & Lee Daniels, is inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about an African-American man who served as a butler (Whitaker) to eight Presidents in the White House for over thirty years. From this 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.