the-butler01Only days after the official trailer premiered, Lee Daniels’ upcoming film The Butler with Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey has shifted its release date according to Deadline.

The film was originally scheduled to drop October 18 and has now been moved to August 16.  Does this mean the Weinstein Company has lost faith in their potential Oscar vehicle or was it a strategic move to get their film noticed sooner?  Who knows?  There was a mixed reaction to the trailer from critics and viewers so perhaps it was damage control on their part. 

The film stars Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines, a butler who served eight U.S. presidents at the White House.  It also stars Academy Award nominees Oprah Winfrey and Terrence Howard along with John Cusack, Robin Williams, Liev Schreiber, James Marsden, Melissa Leo, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Vanessa Redgrave, Mariah Carey, and countless others.  The film is written by Daniels and Danny Strong that’s based on an article, “A Butler Well Served By This Election” by Wil Haygood.

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