Posted by | Cyrena Rose

A look at the life of  Cecil Gaines  (played by Forrest Whitaker), 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 film is based on the real-life story of Eugene Allen.

Lee Daniels’ The Butler boasts an A-list cast that includes:  Forest WhitakerOprah WinfreyDavid Oyelowo, Colman DomingoJohn CusackAlan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa LeoLiev SchreiberJesse Williams, Aml Ameen, Lenny Kravitz, Cuba Gooding Jr and many more.

Music for the film is composed by the legendary Quincy Jones.

Laura Ziskin Production, The Butler is produced by Pamela Oas Williams, the late Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels, and Cassian Elwes.  It’s executive produced by Hilary Shor and Adam Merims; and co-produced by David Jacobson.

Daniels is known for his ‘envelope-pushing’ films like Precious & The Paperboy, however he seems to be on the ‘straight and narrow’ with The Butler.

Daniels did warn at Cannes last year, when The Paperboy premiered, that:

I’m trying to keep it [The Butler] PG13 which is not easy for me. It’s very un-Precious and un-Paperboy… I can’t go into my bag of tricks on this one […] I felt like I directed the film in handcuffs and a muzzle.”

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