Matthew McConaughey as JFK, Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Ronald and Nancy Reagan, and John Cusack as Nixon? As Lee Daniels unveiled The Paperboy at Cannes, Icon UK Group signed on to be part of his next film, The Butler. The picture will star Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey in the true story of Eugene Allen, the White House butler who served eight American presidents, observed the civil rights movement, and was brought back after he retired to witness the inauguration of the country’s first black president, Barack Obama.
The casting is intriguing. Whitaker plays Allen, Winfrey his wife, McConaughey is John F. Kennedy, Cusack is Richard Nixon, Rickman plays Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda is Nancy Reagan, and Cuba Gooding Jr, David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz and Terrence Howard also star. Danny Strong wrote the script with Daniels based on Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article.