Lee Daniels Has Found His MLK For 'The Butler' And It's 'Lafayette Reynolds'

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by Tambay A. Obenson
July 30, 2012 12:48 PM
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Given the wealth of actors whose names have been announced as cast members in Lee Daniels' upcoming bio The Butler, there has been plenty of speculation about which of those actors will play Martin Luther King Jr.

Speculate no more because Daniels has hired True Blood's Nelsan Ellis to play MLK in The Butler.

Last we saw Ellis on the big screen was in last year's award-winning drama The Help, playing Henry, the waiter.

Ellis joins a loaded cast that includes: Forest WhitakerOprah WinfreyDavid Oyelowo, John CusackAlan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo,Liev SchreiberJesse Williams, Mariah CareyYaya DaCosta, and many more.

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.

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6 Comments

  • urbanauteur | July 31, 2012 7:09 PMReply

    Good Fit!!..;-)

  • sourgirl | July 31, 2012 2:23 AMReply

    AWE-Some!!! Love Nelsan ; ) He definitely has the facial features and the coloring and the talent to carry it off.

  • tamarasinnerfangirl | July 30, 2012 10:55 PMReply

    I love you Nelsan!

  • ASWILLIAMS | July 30, 2012 7:25 PMReply

    @ALM: Yeah i`ve seen his work and he seems like he can carry the role to justice for portraying an iconic figure like MLK.

  • ALM | July 30, 2012 6:58 PMReply

    @Aswilliams: I was thinking something similar. He definitely has the likeness down. I didn't see "The Help", so I am not familiar with viewing Mr. Reynold's work. Congratulations to him!

  • aswilliams | July 30, 2012 5:54 PMReply

    He certainly looks like Dr. King but can he bring King`s mannerisms and voice to match the Civil Rights icon. I do have confidence that he`ll do King justice in this film.

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