Eugene Allen
Eugene Allen

Principal photography for Lee Daniels' The Butler has begun in New Orleans, and with that news comes additional casting announcements we haven't mentioned yet, like Mariah Carey and Yaya DaCosta.

Although it's not public what roles each of these actresses will play in the film.

Carey, of course, last worked with Daniels in the award-winning drama Precious, in which she played a social worker.

Carey and DaCosta join an impressive ensemble roster of actors, including Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Jesse Williams and many more.

Music for the film will be composed by the legendary Quincy Jones - his first feature film score since 2005's Get Rich Or Die Tryin.

A Laura Ziskin Production, The Butler will be 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 being bankrolled by Follow Through Productions, Windy Hill Pictures, Salamander Media, Salloway Rubenstein Productions/Crystal City Entertainment, Earl W. Stafford, Starstream Films, Yogi 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.