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Forest Whitaker leads an all-star cast in the first trailer for Lee Daniels' The Butler

May. 7, 2013by: Niki Stephens

The talent along with the roles they are coupled with are enough to build interest for THE BUTLER.

Lee Daniels' next follows up his first two efforts: PRECIOUS and THE PAPERBOY. His third film seems to replicate PRECIOUS formula when it comes to amped up drama and possible Oscar buzz. This trailer reeks of both of those things. I think we have some potentially great performances here, along with some not so good ones. I'll let you choose on your own who goes into what category. Regardless, I love most of the actors here. John Cusack as Nixon? Alan Rickman really looks like Ronald Reagan, right? Also, why am I so perplexed by my feelings for James Marsden's take on JFK? Lafayette is Martin Luther King Jr.? Get a look at the trailer below.

Synopsis: 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 mans life and family.

Extra Tidbit: Remember when Terrence Howard said he had a good time with Oprah's "tig ol' bitties"? Also, I can never unsee Clarence Williams III as Sampson Simpson. "Samson... it's Sheila... M-Momma fell..." "Shut up, bitch!"
Source: Yahoo! Movies

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12:04AM on 05/08/2013
It looks like shameless Oscar bait, which I'm normally against, but after the batshit craziness that was The Paperboy, I'm on board for anything Lee Daniels. Plus this cast... quite good.
It looks like shameless Oscar bait, which I'm normally against, but after the batshit craziness that was The Paperboy, I'm on board for anything Lee Daniels. Plus this cast... quite good.
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10:19AM on 05/08/2013
What a cast!! Alan Rickman actually looks like Reagan.
What a cast!! Alan Rickman actually looks like Reagan.
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1:56PM on 05/08/2013
I'm not some America hating European but... ugh.
I'm not some America hating European but... ugh.
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1:51PM on 05/08/2013
Did Forrest Whitaker find the fountain of youth or something? Dude doesn't look like The Crying Game came out 20 years ago. It's awesome to see Cuba Gooding doing something more than DTV movies, the guy is charming as hell what happened? The film looks pretty good, might take my mom to see it.
Did Forrest Whitaker find the fountain of youth or something? Dude doesn't look like The Crying Game came out 20 years ago. It's awesome to see Cuba Gooding doing something more than DTV movies, the guy is charming as hell what happened? The film looks pretty good, might take my mom to see it.
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5:13AM on 05/08/2013
This is such an eclectic cast that it just might work. When doing your Nixon impression, remember to Say Anything but "I'm not a crook." It's been done a lot.
This is such an eclectic cast that it just might work. When doing your Nixon impression, remember to Say Anything but "I'm not a crook." It's been done a lot.
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12:04AM on 05/08/2013
This looks really good. I thought the trailer was really affective without giving away too much.

And I can't wait to see each one of the cast members portray their roles. Especially Marsden, Cusack, Gooding Jr, and Ellis.
This looks really good. I thought the trailer was really affective without giving away too much.

And I can't wait to see each one of the cast members portray their roles. Especially Marsden, Cusack, Gooding Jr, and Ellis.
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