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Watch the First Trailer for “The Butler,” Starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey
Whitaker stars as a White House butler who served eight different presidents in Lee Daniels’s new film. By Sophie Gilbert
Comments () | Published May 9, 2013

It’s probably safe to assume that if Oprah Winfrey, the high priestess of all media, is abandoning her 15-year-long movie role hiatus (we’re not counting you, Bee Movie) to appear in a film, then said film is going to be a big deal. Lee Daniels, the director who snagged an Oscar nomination for 2009’s Precious, is the man behind The Butler, an upcoming biopic based on the life of a White House butler who served eight different presidents during his tenure.

If The Butler merely starred Forest Whitaker (an Academy Award winner for The Last King of Scotland) as Cecil Gaines and Winfrey as his wife, Gloria, buzz would be sufficiently clamorous, but the film also features the kind of all-star cast usually reserved for Steven Spielberg biopics. Robin Williams plays Dwight D. Eisenhower, Liev Schrieber portrays Lyndon B. Johnson, and John Cusack tackles Richard Nixon, while James Marsden plays JFK and Minka Kelly his wife, Jackie Kennedy. Alan Rickman also stars as Ronald Reagan, with Jane Fonda playing Nancy. Rounding out the ensemble cast are Terrence Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, Melissa Leo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alex Pettyfer, Mariah Carey, and Lenny Kravitz, the last two of whom also appeared in Precious.

The Butler is scheduled for an October release (just in time for Oscar season, we note), but the first trailer has just been released, and you can watch it below. Who makes the best President? Let us know in the comments.

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