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Forest Whitaker for Lee Daniels' The Butler

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Story by Jack Foley

FOREST Whitaker looks set to play the title character in The Butler, Lee Daniels’ story of Eugene Allen, a black man who worked as butler in The White House from 1952 to 1986 during which time he served eight presidents.

The Oscar winning actor could be joined by David Oyelowo, who is also in talks to play the butler’s son in the movie, as well as Oprah Winfrey, who looks set to play his wife.

Hugh Jackman, Liam Neeson and Mila Kunis are also rumoured to be circling the roles of real-life figures, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Allen started at The White House as a “pantry man” in 1952, at a time when blacks weren’t allowed to use public restrooms in his native Virginia, and ended up serving eight presidents.

During that time, he got a unique insight into some of the key moments in American history, such as Vietnam, the civil rights movement and the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr, John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy.

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