Oscars. That was the first thing that went through my mind after I watched the first trailer for The Butler. The cast is phenomenal as is the scope of the story they’re telling, covering over thirty years of Presidential history through the eyes of a White House butler who served eight US Presidents. I have to say, some of the casting is really strange. Alan Rickman is Reagan? Liev Schrieber is LBJ? John Cusack is Nixon? Also, if the film was the Academy Awards powerhouse it appears on this first look to be, why is it being dumped in August? It’s certainly an interesting film to keep an eye on for late summer. The Butler is scheduled for release on August 16, 2013. Official synopsis below:
The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler with Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, and many more. Academy Award nominated Lee Daniels (‘PRECIOUS’) directs and co-wrote the script with Emmy-award winning Danny Strong (‘GAME CHANGE’).