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

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act July 30, 2012 at 12:48PM

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.
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Nelsan Ellis
Nelsan Ellis

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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