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“Lee Daniels’ The Butler” – Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Mariah Carey & More star in the Biopic | View Photos & Trailer



Oprah Winfrey & Forest Whitaker

“One Man overcame his part… and became a part of history.”

Director of Oscar nominated movie Precious, Lee Daniels is back with a stellar new production The Butler.

The movie tells the story a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family.

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

The star studded production sees Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker play Cecil Gaines (The Butler) and media mogul Oprah Winfrey as his wife Gloria. This is Oprah’s first appearance in a film in over 15 years.

It may interest you to know that Nigerian-Hollywood actor David Oyelowo stars as Forest and Oprah’s rebellious son Louis.

Other acts in the movie include John Cusack, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jane Fonda, Terrence Howard, Minka Kelly, Liev Schreiber, Melisa Leo and Mariah Carey.

David Oyelowo

David Oyelowo

Lee Daniel's The Butler - Official Poster - August 2013 - BellaNaija

Critics are speculating that both Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey will get oscar nods for their prolific performances. The movie opened in the cinemas on Friday 16th August 2013 and it’s distributed by The Weinstein Company.

It raked in a whopping $27 Million Opening Weekend. I don’t know about you but when it is available in Nigeria, I will be the first to check it out.

Watch the Official Trailer

New York Premiere of Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Stedman Graham & Oprah Winfrey in Theia

Stedman Graham & Oprah Winfrey in Theia

Lee Daniels

Lee Daniels

Mariah Carey in Tom Ford & Nick Cannon

Mariah Carey in Tom Ford & Nick Cannon

Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda

Minka Kelly in Sophie Theallet

Minka Kelly in Sophie Theallet

Forest Whitaker in Prada &  Keisha Nash Whitaker in Badgley Mischka

Forest Whitaker in Prada & Keisha Nash Whitaker in Badgley Mischka

James Marsden

James Marsden

Liev Schreiber & Naomi Watts in Thakoon

Liev Schreiber & Naomi Watts in Thakoon

Sara Kapfer and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Sara Kapfer and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Georgina Chapman in Marchesa

Georgina Chapman in Marchesa

Cicely Tyson & Lenny Kravitz

Cicely Tyson & Lenny Kravitz

David Oyelowo, Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey & Forest Whitaker at the LA Premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler

David Oyelowo, Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey & Forest Whitaker at the LA Premiere of Lee Daniels’ The Butler

Watch this clip of David Oyelowo with Forest Whitaker

Yahoo! Movies had a quick interview with the cast of the movie. Check out the Inside Access clip.

Photo Credit: Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images | Yahoo! Movies


  1. Bleed blue

    August 20, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Oh Jeez! I can’t wait! I CANNOT!!!

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      August 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Gurrlll, you know how Cineworld can like to not play Black movies… we better lobby again like we had to do in 2010 for them to show “Precious” (after much protest)…

    • Mz Socially Awkward...

      August 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm

      Clarification – Cineworld up in these Northern parts…

  2. llll

    August 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm


  3. llll

    August 20, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Gloria= glo with pride lol

  4. X- Factor

    August 20, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Wow! Congrats David Oyelowo,
    Forest Whitaker z lost weight…Looks good
    Minka Kelly z Pretty!

  5. Mina

    August 20, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    this IS an AMAZING movie … didn’t sugar-coat that era AT ALL !!! when it comes to Naija … you people must watch it

  6. Cindy

    August 20, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Cool to see Lafayette from True Blood on here..feels different but good even though he’s still got the southern accent thing going on. Looks like a good movie to go see about history (that’s the only way i like history by the way..movies or stories by mouth; not books)

  7. yorubagal

    August 20, 2013 at 4:12 pm


  8. Miss Concerned

    August 20, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    i loooooooove ds movie completely! plus the cast! wow! oprah left tv for TV! we thot we’d seen it all bt ds woman is fab and of course all appreciations to David (his British accent is nyc), Forrest, Lee Daniels and did I 4get to say Oprah, y’all are awesome. #thumbs up!

  9. uche

    August 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Def. a must see!!!!…..

  10. Guys Perspective

    August 20, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    By the way, hope bellanaijerians are enyoing Liev Schreiber’ s role as Ray Donovan, you guys should not sleep on Ray Donovan..

    • Bleed blue

      August 21, 2013 at 11:55 am

      I watch Ray Donovan…but it’s a struggle, something about it hasn’t quite clicked for me yet…I’m being patient though…I get the feeling I’ll be hooked soon enough

  11. Correctnaijagal

    August 20, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    This movie go make sence o! Big ups to Oprah, looking really nice


    August 20, 2013 at 4:51 pm


  13. Anita....

    August 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Jane Fonda….smh,i cant believe that woman is in her seventies.Does she drink vampire blood?

  14. A stunner

    August 20, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Quite captivating

  15. Deedee

    August 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    @Anita, u just took the words out of my mouth, she looks amazing for a woman her age, anyways this is a MUST-SEE movie, i hope it premieres here in the UK soon. The cast is wonderful…..

  16. Wanday

    August 20, 2013 at 9:41 pm

    Gud to see Cuba Gooding Jr back acting. It’s been a long time. Oprah looks gorgeous

  17. Ore

    August 20, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    AMAZING MOVIE! Loved every bit of it.

  18. LowlaDee

    August 20, 2013 at 10:47 pm

    I am inspired already.

  19. Msunderstood

    August 21, 2013 at 12:36 am

    Looks good.

  20. temtem

    August 21, 2013 at 1:03 am

    The best movie, best cast, best director ever! Forest Whitaker is the best actor across all genres together with Daniel Day Lewis and Russell Crowe! Oprah did an amazing job, I forget how good of an actress she is…Lee Daniel’s the Butler is an amazing, emotional and inspiring movie and Forest Whitaker, David Oyelowo, Mariah, Cuba Gooding Jr, etc even Lenny Kravitz did me supa dupa proud! #go watch and be inspired! This has to be another OSCAR nod for the brilliant Forest Whitaker!

  21. Susan

    August 21, 2013 at 7:57 am

    Great work…..

  22. Pb fabulous

    August 21, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Very nice movie nollyshitwood should take note, but i dont think they will nt stand a chance becus they have almost 8 biopic for this years oscar nt to talk of other breath taking movie cuming out from novermber and december

  23. saint

    August 21, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    if this red carpet was in another african country like SA, GHANA or kenya. Nigerians would say their dressing was tacky.the only word they know of.
    fake Nigerians

    • ILoveGenevieve

      August 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      ….But it was tacky. Wasn’t it?

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