Five years after Washington Post readers were gripped by the story of Eugene Allen — the White House butler who served eight presidents, beginning in an era of segregation, and lived long enough to cast a vote for the first black president — the movie version, “The Butler” is on its way to theaters this fall.
And now, finally, the preview.
Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, who play Allen and his wife, are front and center in this trailer, but you also get a glimpse of some of the stars who’ll have smaller roles as the presidents and first ladies, including Robin Williams (as Eisenhower), Liev Schrieber (as LBJ), James Marsden (as Kennedy) and Alan Rickman (as Reagan). Our colleague Wil Haygood, who wrote the story, is an associate producer.
From the movie set: ‘The Butler’: A labor of love becomes an unlikely A-list production, 10/19/12
Read the original story: A butler well served by this election, 11/7/08