This biopic, which spans three decades of politics at The White House, is star-studded and no doubt aiming to generate plenty of Oscar buzz. The star, Forest Whitaker, plays Eugene Allen, an African American who fled his troubled, violent past to become White House butler for thirty-four years, serving eight presidents from 1952 to 1986.
Here’s what Whitaker had to say about the film:
It’s a movie about the issue of how you protest… My son [to be played by David Oyelowo]is an activist who is repeatedly arrested. My character is a conformist, but in his own way, he influences presidents. Eugene becomes more active, particularly at the end of his life, when he makes a decision to fight.
The film is packed full of some incredible talent, including John Cusack, Robin Williams, James Marsden, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber, Minka Kelly, Alex Pettyfer, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo, David Oyelowo, and Lenny Kravitz. Lee Daniels (Precious, The Paperboy) directs, and co-wrote the script with Danny Strong.
The film will revolve around the true story of an African-American butler who served at the White House. The film is based off the story A Butler Well Served By This Election, written by Wil Haygood. The story revolved around Eugene Allen, who was a Presidential butler from 1952 to 1986, and is paralleled with the election of Barack Obama.