BUTLER Adds Alan Rickman As Ronald Reagan And More

By AMC May 10, 2012

One of the films that has been on my radar for some time is the new project "Butler" about Eugene Allen, a black man who worked in the White House for eight presidents, beginning in 1952 till 1986. The lead role of Allen has already been handed to Oscar winning actor Forest Whitaker and a lot of other huge names are being circled to join the project including Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard.

Of particular interest to me is Jane Fonda who is reportedly taking on the role of iconic First Lady Nacey Reagan and the incredible Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan.

Rickman has been one of my absolute favorite actors in the business for over two decades. He plays arguably the greatest film villain of all time as Han Gruber in the 1988 classic "Die Hard", he followed it up with what I consider to one of the top 20 performances of all time by a leading man in "Truly, Madly, Deeply" for which he should have been nominated for an Academy Award, and has since gone on to play memorable role after memorable role. To me, he's pure gold and I would personally cast him in anything, and see anything he's in.

The film is an adaptation based on a series article about Allen, written by Wil Haygood. The long retired Allen was invited to be a guest at the inauguration of the United States’ first African American President, Barack Obama.

This is a film that appears to be made for Oscar time. Are you as excited about this film as I am?

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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