Lee Daniels, directer of Precious, is set to direct The Butler, which although doesn’t have the catchiest name (it makes me think of a kick-ass nickname for Gerard Butler though), actually sounds pretty amazing.
The Butler follows the true story of Eugene Allen, a black man who has worked within the white-house for eight presidents between 1952 and 1986. When Allen first joined the kitchen staff he was still suffering from disgusting racism in his home town of Virginia such as not being allowed to use public toilets. He’s seen the country, and indeed the world, change and witnessed events such as Vietnam, the assassination of Martin Luther King and both the Kennedy brothers. He unfortunately lost his wife of 65 years the day before Election Day where President Obama won. Allen must be one awesome wise man, the kind of man I’d like to buy a brandy (old, wise men drink brandy right?)
At the moment Daniels is still putting together the cast and sorting out the film. He so far has managed to snatch Hugh Jackman, John Cusack (not a plastic-face for such an emotional film?!), Mila Kunis, David Oyelowo, and Oprah Winfrey. With an impressive cast and more than impressive true story, The Butler will be a film we’ll be keeping our eyes peeled out for, so to save yourself from self-eye-peeling, keep checking in with us.