Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon & Leslie Jones To Lead Paul Feig's 'Ghostbusters' Reboot Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Explains What Happened With 'Grace Of Monaco,' Says He Was Right About 'Snowpiercer' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Harvey Weinstein Says Quentin Tarantino Has Changed The Last Chapter Of 'The Hateful Eight' Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance Review: ‘Slow West’ Starring Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee & Ben Mendelsohn Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Sundance: Keanu Reeves Opens The Door To Trouble In Teaser Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock' Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: 8-Minute Video Essay Argues Steve McQueen's 'Shame' Is Actually A Critique Of The Modern Metropolis Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' Watch: The Tampon Scene From 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' You Won't See In The Movie Recreated With 'The Sims' The 10 Best Films Of 2004 The 10 Best Films Of 2004 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins 'Death Proof' Star Zoe Bell Leads Latest Additions To Quentin Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' As Filming Begins Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Ranked From Best To Worst: Every Sundance Dramatic Grand Jury Prize Winner Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck Watch: 'Saturday Night Live' Sketch 'Fanatic' Written & Directed By Paul Thomas Anderson And Starring Ben Affleck The 10 Best Films Of 2003 The 10 Best Films Of 2003 First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' First Look: Leonardo DiCaprio Gets Grimy In Alejandro González Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment 2015 Oscar Nominees Get The Honest Poster Treatment "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice "Carry Bolt Cutters Everywhere": Werner Herzog Has 24 Amazing Pieces Of Advice The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' Watch: 3 Graphic, Very NSFW Clips From Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac Vol II — Director's Cut' The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point Christopher Nolan Says His Howard Hughes Film Is Dead, But He'd Still Like To Do A Bond Film At Some Point

Lee Daniels Still Wants Liam Neeson To Play Lyndon B. Johnson, Only This Time In 'The Butler'

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist February 16, 2012 at 1:41PM

It looks like Lee Daniels really wants to get the "Selma" gang back together. Last night it was reported that the director was gearing up the gestating "The Butler" that he first signed on to back in 2010 with a number of big names in the mix including Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Mila Kunis, John Cusack and David Oyelowo. The connections here are numerous, but Oprah executive produced "Precious," Cusack and Oyelow both feature in Daniels' upcoming "The Paperboy" while Jackman and Oyelowo were both touted for roles in the civil rights drama "Selma" before it fell apart. Now one more name is entering the fray.
1
Liam Neeson/Lydon Johnson

It looks like Lee Daniels really wants to get the "Selma" gang back together. Last night it was reported that the director was gearing up the gestating "The Butler" that he first signed on to back in 2010 with a number of big names in the mix including Oprah Winfrey, Hugh Jackman, Mila Kunis, John Cusack and David Oyelowo. The connections here are numerous, but Oprah executive produced "Precious," Cusack and Oyelow both feature in Daniels' upcoming "The Paperboy" while Jackman and Oyelowo were both touted for roles in the civil rights drama "Selma" before it fell apart. Now one more name is entering the fray.

FirstShowing reports that Liam Neeson is being is being lined up to play Lyndon B. Johnson, the same role Daniels wanted him to play in "Selma." Anyway, this project would follow the life of Eugene Allen, a servant who worked in the White House for 34 years, under eight presidents, and watched the political changes that allowed segregation to come to an end. With his life covering such a big piece of history, the stars are being eyed for interesting roles including Cusack as Richard Nixon and Kunis as Jackie Kennedy.

According to the site, Oweloyo, touted for the lead, may not land it but both Winfrey and Cusack are looking like certainties. The project is still tying up financing and putting the pieces together, but should all the names get into place, everything else would likely follow.

This article is related to: Liam Neeson, Lee Daniels' The Butler


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


E-Mail Updates