MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY AS JOHN F. KENNEDY – In a recent interview, while promoting The Paperboy at the Cannes Film Festival, director Lee Daniels disclosed the cast for his new project The Butler and his connection to the story.
The Butler revolves around a White House butler, Eugene Allen, who served eight American Presidents over the course of three decades. The movie will star Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen, Oprah Winfrey as his wife, Mathew McConaughey as John F. Kennedy, Minka Kelly as Jackie Kennedy, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, Cuba Gooding Jr, David Oyelowo, Lenny Kravitz and Terrence Howard also on board. When asked why he was taking on The Butler Lee Daniels said he connected with the story.
“I connected with it because it is ultimately a father son story with a civil rights backdrop. In my lifetime there were separate water fountains, swimming pools and toilets for blacks. People forget that. This is such an exciting journey for me.”