First Official Photo Of Forest Whitaker As Eugene Allen / Cecil Gaines In 'The Butler'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
August 20, 2012 5:04 PM
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"The Butler."

Nothing too special here, especially as we've already seen a few unofficial on-set pics of the cast between takes and such. 

But they're calling this THE first OFFICIAL still photo from Lee Daniels' The Butler, featuring it's star Forest Whitaker, in a film based on the story of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served many presidents, over several decades.

Oprah WinfreyDavid Oyelowo, John CusackAlan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa LeoLiev SchreiberJesse Williams, Mariah CareyYaya DaCosta, and many more co-star in the film.

Its soundtrack will be composed by the legendary Quincy Jones.

Laura Ziskin Production, The Butler is being produced by Pamela Oas Williams, the late Laura Ziskin, Lee Daniels, and Cassian Elwes; executive produced by Hilary Shor and Adam Merims; and co-produced by David Jacobson.

The independently-financed film is bankrolled by Follow Through ProductionsWindy Hill PicturesSalamander MediaSalloway Rubenstein Productions/Crystal City EntertainmentEarl W. StaffordStarstream FilmsYogi Entertainment, and Inner Media Capital

For our thoughts on the film's script, and casting, read Vanessa's script review HERE, and Natasha's casting close-up of the film HERE. And also check out Anne Thompson's piece - How Ziskin Pushed Daniels' 'The Butler,' Starring Whitaker, Winfrey, Cusack and Williams - which provides tremendous detail on how the project came together and evolved since Wil Haygood's 2008 Washington Post article that inspired the project. It's a good read. See it HERE.

Variety had the exclusive on the pic, which you can see above.

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