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Watch: First Trailer For Lee Daniels' 'The Butler' Starring Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard & Much More

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 7, 2013 7:28 PM
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Talk around "Precious" and "The Paperboy" director Lee Daniels' next effort "The Butler" has ranged from the director himself comparing it to a work-for-hire gig, calling it a "big compromise" from his usually more button pushing fare to Terrence Howard talking about his co-star Oprah Winfrey's "tig ol' bitties" (yes, that's how he said it). But enough talk, what does the final result look like? Well, here you go...

The Weinstein Company has dropped the first trailer for the movie and is it an Oscar contender? You tell us. Penned by Danny Strong, the movie tells the true tale of Eugene Allen, the late White House butler who served eight presidents during his tenure from 1952 to 1986. Forest Whitaker leads the ensemble cast in the title role, with Winfrey as his wife and Howard in a still-unknown role, with a ridiculous amount of names all in the background: David OyelowoCuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Liam Neeson, Minka Kelly, Alex Pettyfer, Colman Dingo, Vanessa Redgrave, James MarsdenLiev Schreiber and more.

Is this just cameo city? Do the celebrity takes on famous people work? "The Butler" will open later this year.

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  • cattt | May 9, 2013 1:27 AMReply

    Looks like one of those fake movies from 30rock.

  • triguous | May 8, 2013 10:59 PMReply

    Looks better than The Paperboy.

  • freddie | May 8, 2013 6:41 AMReply

    Structuring is going to be the key to this film. Flashbacks, historical context, family matters AND sequential US presidents..It can be done, but not sure. Also last time there were this many actors in one place it was 'Nine' which didn't exactly work out so well. And someone needs to ban the music in this trailer, its even worse than the 'BRAAAAHMM!!!!'

  • ptp | May 8, 2013 3:59 AMReply

    I hear the test screenings for this film has been very successful, and Oprah is getting strong Oscar buzz.

  • fern | May 7, 2013 11:03 PMReply

    I usually believe that Oprah is the devil, but gah-lee does she seem to shine in this as much as Whitaker.

  • john | May 7, 2013 9:38 PMReply

    oscar bait 2k13

  • Ugh | May 7, 2013 9:14 PMReply

    Like Precious & Paperboy, this is probably going to be a tonally deaf failure. BUT, I am intrigued to see some quality actors pull off C-List impersonations of past Presidents.... though I feel Alan Rickman will be actually be amazing as Reagan cause how could he not?

  • DG | May 7, 2013 8:48 PMReply

    James Mardsen a JFK is kind of amazing

  • PRESIDENT MAO | May 8, 2013 3:58 AM

    John Cusack as Nixon? Seriously, NIXON? WTF?

  • Adam Scott Thompson | May 7, 2013 8:32 PMReply

    Starring Vanessa Redgrave as "the old white woman who told a Negro, 'You is kind. You is smart. You is important.'" lol Shout out to Alan Rickman for going full-Jon Voight as Reagan.

  • Stephen B | May 7, 2013 8:10 PMReply

    Stunt casting at its worst.

  • Carlton Jordan | May 7, 2013 8:04 PMReply

    This actually looks pretty amazing. What an awesome cast. On my must see LIST.

  • frempskin | May 7, 2013 8:59 PM

    Why did you emphasize LIST?

  • Serena | May 7, 2013 7:53 PMReply

    Well, on one hand, it's nice to see John Cusack finally get a meaty role again (playing Dick Nixon even though he looks nothing like the real man). On the other, this couldn't scream "GIVE ME OSCARS!" any louder if it had the audio engineering of a Metallica concert.

  • Steven Flores | May 7, 2013 7:46 PMReply

    This has Oscar bait written all over it. No, I ain't going to see this shit.

  • Francesca | May 7, 2013 7:43 PMReply

    Got a bad tv movie vibe.

  • Evan | May 7, 2013 7:39 PMReply

    Jeez that looks bad.

  • BEF | May 7, 2013 7:38 PMReply

    That looks like a whole lot crammed together, it'll be interesting to see who gets the presidential emphasis; but one thing is for certain: Robin Williams looks closer to Eisenhower than all the others as their counterparts.

  • NewYorker | May 7, 2013 7:38 PMReply

    dame, is it way to early to talk about oscar 2014.
    this looks like such an oscar cotender. or better yet, an oscar winner.

  • Oogle monster | May 7, 2013 7:35 PMReply

    The crap?! Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy? ARE YOU SHITTING ME!

  • Alex | May 7, 2013 7:32 PMReply

    Oh God even the trailer is a mess

  • oogle monster | May 7, 2013 7:31 PMReply

    Lee Daniels should get shit on much more than Baz Lurhmann. Come on Playlist, use your snark wisely!

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