Forest Whitaker stars in Lee Daniels’ The Butler as Cecil Gaines. Inspired by the life of Eugene Allen, Cecil is a butler that worked in the White House under eight presidents from 1952 to 1986. Oprah Winfrey, who plays Cecil’s wife Gloria, makes his first silver screen appearance since 1998′s Beloved.
The all-ensemble cast includes Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, David Oyelowo, Mariah Carey, Yaya DaCosta, Aml Ameen and Lenny Kravitz.
The historical drama also includes a number of historical figures. Robin Williams portrays President Dwight D. Eisenhower; Jane Fonda portrays First Lady Nancy Reagan; Minka Kelly portrays Jackie Kennedy; John Cusack portrays President Richard Nixon; and Jesse Williams portrays civil rights activist James Lawson.
The Butler hits theaters on October 18th, right in time for a 2014 Oscar takeover.