|Directed by||Lee Daniels|
|Produced by||Pam Williams
|Written by||Danny Strong|
|Music by||Alexandre Desplat|
|Distributed by||The Weinstein Company|
|Running time||113 minutes|
The Butler is an upcoming historical drama film directed by Lee Daniels and featuring an ensemble cast. The film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, an African-American who eyewitnesses notable events of the 20th century during his tenure as a White House butler. The film is based on the real-life account of Eugene Allen, who served as a White House butler during eight American presidencies from 1952 to 1986.
- Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines
- Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines
- Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Carter Wilson
- Terrence Howard as Howard
- David Oyelowo as Louis Gaines
- Vanessa Redgrave as Annabeth Westfall
- Alex Pettyfer as Thomas Westfall
- Mariah Carey as Hattie Pearl
- Yaya DaCosta as Carol Hammie
- Colman Domingo as Freddie Fallows
- Aml Ameen as Young Cecil Gaines
Historical figures 
- Robin Williams as President Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Melissa Leo as First Lady Mamie Eisenhower
- James Marsden as President John F. Kennedy
- Minka Kelly as First Lady Jackie Kennedy
- Liev Schreiber as President Lyndon B. Johnson
- Wanda Leigh as First Lady Lady Bird Johnson
- John Cusack as President Richard Nixon
- Alan Rickman as President Ronald Reagan
- Jane Fonda as First Lady Nancy Reagan
- Orlando Eric Street as President Barack Obama
- Nelsan Ellis as Martin Luther King, Jr.
- Ray Gaspard as Senior Advisor Pat Buchanan
- Alex Manette as White House Chief of Staff H. R. Haldeman
- Lenny Kravitz as James Holloway
- Jesse Williams as civil rights activist James Lawson
- Kay Smith as civil rights activist Diane Nash
See also 
- Backstairs at the White House, 1979 miniseries with a similar theme
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