Washington: Minka Kelly has been reportedly roped in to play former US first lady Jackie Kennedy in director Lee Daniels’ next movie ‘The Butler.’ According to a website, the film has Forrest Whitaker as Eugene Allen, the late White House butler who served eight presidents between 1952 and 1986.
Others who have been cast for the movie are Oprah Winfrey as Allen’s wife, David Oyelowo as his son, Matthew McConaughey as John F. Kennedy, Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda as Ronald and Nancy Reagan, John Cusack as Richard Nixon, and Lenny Kravitz, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Terrence Howard in as-yet-undisclosed roles, a news channel has reported.
Daniels, who is at the Cannes Film Festival to promote his film ‘The Paperboy’ told ScreenDaily that he found an emotional connection 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,” he stated.
Production on ‘The Butler’ will reportedly start from July 16.