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The fact that this is based on a real story, makes it just a little bit better. It's incridible how much happens in just one lifetime. We follow Cecil from boy to old man, from son of a slave to free man visiting Barak Obama, from kid to old man with grandchildren.
It's a great trip down American history - and even though they could have casted actors that looked more like all the presidents (James Marsden as Kennedy.... come on!) it does not move the focus from the fantastic story.
|Forest Whitaker||Cecil Gaines|
|Oprah Winfrey||Gloria Gaines|
|David Oyelowo||Louis Gains|
|Robin Williams||Dwight D. Eisenhower|
|James Marsden||John F. Kennedy|
|Liev Schreiber||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|John Cusack||Richard Nixon|
|Alan Rickman||Ronald Reagan|
|Nelson Ellis||Martin Luther King|
|Cuba Gooding Jr.||Carter Wilson|
|Lenny Kravitz||James Holloway|
|Colman Domingo||Freddie Fallows|
|Vanessa Redgrave||Annabeth Westfall|
|Alex Pettyfer||Thomas Westfall|
|Mariah Carey||Hattie Pearl|
|Minka Kelly||Jacqueline Kennedy|
|Dana Gourrier||Helen Holloway|
|Jane Fonda||Nancy Reagan|
The Butler is an upcoming historical drama film directed by Lee Daniels and featuring an ensemble cast. The film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, an African-American who eyewitnesses notable events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House butler. The film is based on the real-life account of Eugene Allen, who served as a White House butler during eight American presidencies from 1952 to 1986.
It will be theatrically released by The Weinstein Company on August 16, 2013.