The Weinstein Company has dropped the trailer for Lee Daniels’ “The Butler,” the director’s ridiculously star-studded follow-up to “The Paperboy.”
Covering several decades in the life of White House butler Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), the film’s supporting cast includes Oprah Winfrey (as Allen’s wife in a sizeable role compared to most of the cast), David Oyelowo, Colman Domingo, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Melissa Leo, Liev Schreiber, Jesse Williams, Aml Ameen, Lenny Kravitz and Cuba Gooding Jr.
The trailer — which has no shame showing off the endless cast — suggests much more conventional fare than “The Paperboy” (which had some fans but was generally trashed by critics), potentially returning Daniels to the Oscar race after “Precious” became the first film directed by an African-American to get a best picture nomination.
What do you think? “The Butler” comes out October 18th.