THE BUTLER: Trailer of the Day

Enjoy this powerful looking trailer for Lee Daniel’s new film THE BUTLER.

The Weinstein Company released the trailer on Tuesday and it will be showcased in front of screenings of THE GREAT GATSBY. The film, starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, takes a look at the life of Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents as the White House’s head butler from 1952 to 1986, and had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made. The movie was inspired by Wil Haygood’s 2008 Washington Post article about Allen.


The Butler - Starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey
The Butler – Starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey


The movie is currently generating Oscar buzz especially with Weinstein releasing it and will most likely get an Oscar Campaign for Whitaker and Winfrey’s performances.

Daniels was nominated in 2010 for his film PRECIOUS which became the first African American directed film to get shortlisted for Best Picture. He last directed THE PAPERBOY with Nicole Kidman, Matthew McConaughey and Zac Efron. Funnily enough the original cast of this film included McConaughey, Kidman, Efron and even Hugh Jackman but scheduling conflicts saw shuffles and lots of recasting.

Whitaker last won an Academy Award for THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND and produced the Sundance Winner FRUITVALE STATION. Winfrey returns to the big screen after her work on BELOVED and THE COLOUR PURPLE for which she earned an Oscar nomination.

Director Daniels has aligned a superstar cast that also includes Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, Orlando Eric Street as Barack Obama and Nelsan Ellis as Martin Luther King Jr. It also features Terrence Howard, Lenny Kravitz, David Oyelowo, Vanessa Redgrave, Alex Pettyfer, and Cuba Gooding Jr.

The trailer looks amazing and the cast phenomenal – I just wish Pettyfer would stop playing absolute assholes in his films – it is starting to make him look like an asshole. But honestly, he is probably one of the smallest characters in the film and I am just glad to see Oprah back on the big screen – she is an amazing actor. And Whitaker is a master.

The movie opens in limited release in the US on October 18th and will expand throughout the month. There is no Australian release dates as yet.