'The Butler' Trailer: History Through the Eyes of One Man Serving Eight Presidents
Thanks to its sprawling ensemble cast, The Butler has been generating buzz ever since it went into production, and now we finally get a trailer to see what all the hype is about.
The film tells the real-life tale of Eugene Allen (played by Forest Whitaker and named Cecil Gaines in the film), a black man who served as the White House butler for decades, interacting with eight sitting presidents along the way. The history spanning film from Lee Daniels tackles the evolution of race relations and civil rights in America over the course of Allen/Gains' life, rooted in the backdrop of Washington's executive branch. Think The Help meets Downton Abbey meets Forrest Gump, or something.
The all-star cast also includes Oprah as Gaines' devoted wife, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, James Marsden as John F. Kennedy, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Liev Schreiber as Lyndon B. Johnson, Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, Melissa Leo as Mamie Eisenhower, Orlando Eric Street as Barack Obama and Nelsan Ellis as Martin Luther King Jr.
And it doesn't stop there; Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Vanessa Redgrave, Terrence Howard, Alex Pettyfer, Mariah Carey, and David Oyelowo also appear in the film. So yeah, all of Hollywood is in this thing.