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Liev Schreiber Joins The Butler
He'll be President Lyndon B Johnson

24 July 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Deadline

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Liev Schreiber Joins The Butler

Given how many years his latest project – true-life White House tale The Butler – covers, it’s perhaps not surprising that Precious director Lee Daniels has recruited a massive cast to play the many parts in the film. He’s just rounded up one more, as Liev Schreiber is playing President Lyndon B Johnson.

The focus of the movie is, not surprisingly, a butler (Forest Whitaker) who worked in the world’s most famous address for decades, supporting eight Presidents and their families.

Schreiber is taking on the role of Johnson – president between 1963 and 1969 – instead of Liam Neeson, who had been strongly tipped for it. He’s joining a cast that includes Oprah Winfrey (as Whitaker’s wife), David Oyelowo (as his son), John Cusack (Richard Nixon), Alan Rickman (Ronald Reagan), Jane Fonda (Nancy Reagan), James Marsden (JFK), Minka Kelly (Jackie Kennedy), Robin Williams (Dwight D Eisenhower) Melissa Leo (Mamie Eisenhower), Alex Pettyfer (Thomas Westfall), Vanessa Redgrave (Annabeth Westfall) Cuba Gooding Jr, Elijah Kelly, Jesse Williams, Mariah Carey and more.

With a script by Danny Strong (no stranger to behind-the-scenes political tales after writing Recount and Game Change for HBO), The Butler is filming right now in New Orleans.


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so i guess they're not going for ANY physical resemblance with the casting of these people?? Liev Schreiber looks about as much like Ulrika Johnson as he does Lyndon Johnson! Then again, how the hell were they gonna get Liam Neeson to look like him? And John Cusack as Nixon???? Jane Fonda? Alan Rickman? ROBIN WILLIAMS?! I gotta check my calendar, think it might be April 1st. I know it's not all about how a person physically looks in a role but do me a favour!!! More

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