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

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

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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Good Fit!!..;-)


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


I love you Nelsan!


@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.


@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!


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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