Last summer, we told you all about a movie in production called The Butler, which tells the real-life story of Eugene Allen, an African-American who served as Maître d’ at the White House under 8 U.S. presidents. It’s an amazing inspirational story that spanned generations, including the tumultuous Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. It would star Forest Whitaker in the titular role and mark Oprah Winfrey’s triumphant return to the big screen, not to mention a whole A-List supporting cast that includes Robin Williams, Jane Fonda, Alan Rickman, John Cusack, Lenny Kravitz, and many, many more.
And if that sounds good on paper, wait until you see the first official trailer which just came out! One word: INTENSE. Two more words: ACADEMY AWARDS. Yes, I can already see this one being up for a whole host of them… if for nothing else than for Best Make-up!
But those are inconsequential when held up against the story that unfolds here. The story of a man who grew up a slave and worked his way to the White House and later become one of its most loyal, trusted, and longest-lasting employees, gaining the confidence of 8 of the most powerful men in history, all while having a front row seat to the rapidly evolving social status of African-Americans in the United States. This movie looks to be about OUR history just as much as this one man’s. I’m really looking forward to it!
The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels, opens October 18.