Oscar-Worthy? Forest Whitaker May Star as White House Butler
1 year ago
Could he win again?
Last month, we reported that Oprah may be making her way back to the big screen with Lee Daniels' upcoming movie The Butler. Now, Forest Whitaker is in talks to play the titular character.
The film tells the story of Eugene Allen, a black butler who worked in the White House from 1952 to 1986, serving under 8 presidents. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Allen "had a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made, from the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement to the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy. "
Oprah would play Allen's wife, and Red Tails actor David Oyelowo is Daniels' pick to play the couple's son.
Considering that Oprah and Forest are both of the few African-Americans considered for an Academy Award - she lost, he won - and that Daniels' last film Precious garnered Mo'Nique the coveted Best Supporting Actress Award last year, do you think this film has the chances of being Oscar-worthy, too?
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