Director has had a distinctive string of movies in his wake, including awards darling Precious, Shadowboxer, and films he helped produce, such as The Woodsman and Monster's Ball. He has a fairly interesting relationship to his next movie, Lee Daniels' The Butler, previously saying it was a difficult movie to do because of the PG-13 rating and the fact he was brought on board the project after it had already been set in motion.
The first trailer has just been released by the Weinstein Company, and I'm just going to go ahead and guess it will be an Oscar contender in some category. The story revolves around the true tale of the late Eugene Allen (Played by , though his name is inexplicably changed to Cecil Gaines here), butler to the White House for eight different Presidents from 1952 - 1986. This also marks the first return of to acting in a major studio film in over 10 years. Judging from the trailer and the constellation of famous faces doing cameos as famous Presidents and others, we can assume this will be a Forrest Gump-like trip through time.
Let's see: Hopeful, but inspiring and string-heavy score? Check. Ensemble cast set in a period piece? Check. Controversial storyline that is still scrubbed clean enough so as not to offend a broad audience? Check. Yep, this is awards season gold.
Did you spot all the famous faces? I bet you didn't: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and, you know what, just go to the IMDB page. For the record, of all the Presidents and First Ladies, I think Rickman and Fonda nail it the best.
The Butler doesn't open until October 18th. In other words, just in time for the awards season.