First Look: Lady O Back on Big Screen

By DAVID WEINER

May 08, 2013

The trailer for The Butler -- the epic new film by Lee Daniels (Precious, The Paperboy) -- has arrived, and it features the heralded return of Oprah Winfrey to the big screen. Get a first look!

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The period film charts the life and observations of Cecil Gaines, a butler (played by Forest Whitaker) serving under eight American Presidents over the course of three decades. Nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for 1985's The Color Purple, Oprah takes on the role of Gloria Gaines, the wife of the title character.

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In theaters October 18, The Butler features an all-star cast that includes Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Robin Williams as Dwight Eisenhower, James Marsden as JFK, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, Liev Shreiber as Lyndon Johnson, plus Lenny Kravitz, Alex Pettyfer, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Mariah Carey. The film is inspired by the real-life story of White House butler Eugene Allen.



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