The Weinstein Company Acquires US Distribution Rights For Lee Daniels' 'The Butler'

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The Weinstein Company have picked up the U.S. rights to his star-studded, historical drama “The Butler.” The Butler centers around Eugene Allen, a butler who worked at the White House from 1952 to 1986, serving under eight presidents. The movie is based on an article written about Eugene’s life story by Wil Haygood. Allen started working at the White House at a time when black people were still discriminated against.

Along with the announcement, there have been a new set pic of the Forrest Whitaker in costume, which is clearer than that silhouette photo that dropped in August.

A statement released from The Weinstein Company read:

“Lee tells stories in a way no one else does. What struck me most about this story is the perspective it comes from, which in this case is the butler- a man who was a fly on the wall for decades in the world’s most powerful home. It takes an unbelievable cast like the one that’s in place to do this story justice, and we are proud to be given the chance to share this story with the world.”

‘The Butler’ hasn’t received a release date as of yet more details coming soon…

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