The Butler possesses one of the greatest casts ever assembled, hands down.
Let’s see, we’ve got Robin Williams as Dwight D. Eisenhower; Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower; Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan; Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan; James Marsden as JFK; John Cusack as Tricky Dick Nixon; Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson; True Blood‘s Nelsan Ellis (yes, children, Lafayette) as Martin Luther King, Jr; and rounding out the cast, Forest Whitaker, Vanessa Redgrave, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Alex Pettyfer, Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrence Howard and a little lady you may have heard of – Oprah Fucking Winfrey.
Yes, out director Lee Daniels’ upcoming film about a butler who served eight presidents in the White House over a course of three decades is already dripping in Oscars thanks to its star-studded cast. Based on a 2008 article in The Washington Post by Wil Haygood, “A Butler Well Served By This Election,” the film was adapted for the screen by Daniels (Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire) and Danny Strong (fresh off his Emmy win for penning HBO’s Game Change).
Oprah tweeted this photo from the set yesterday: “And THAT’s a Wrap! Terrance Howard and me in our goodbye ‘love scene.’ Thanks Lee Daniels for the great experience.”
And don’t forget to thank him – along with your best friend Gayle, Tom Cruise and John TRAVOLTAAAAAAAAAAAA! – when you snatch that long overdue Best Supporting Actress Oscar, O. And then everyone at the Academy Awards will get a Prius.