Lenny Kravitz, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Oprah were spotted in New Orleans last Friday on the set of the upcoming movie, The Butler.
Oprah Winfrey was spotted rocking a 1950s style on the New Orleans set with Lenny Kravitz (Bahamian heritage) and Cuba Gooding Jr. (Bajan roots).
“The Butler” marks Winfrey’s first appearance in a movie where she doesn’t play herself since 1998. In the historical drama, the “Oprah’s Next Chapter” host plays Gloria Gaines, who is the wife of Forest Whitaker‘s Eugene Allen.
Joining them in the cast ensemble are Alex Pettyfer, Minka Kelly as well as some big names in movie industry such as Robin Williams, Liam Neeson, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda and Nicole Kidman. Lee Daniels, who previously worked on “Monster’s Ball” and “Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire,” is the director.
Based on Wil Haygood‘s Washington Post article “A Butler Well Served by This Election,” the biopic centers on the life of Allen, who started his career in the White House as a “pantry man” in 1952. At that time, black people weren’t allowed to use public restrooms in his native Virginia.
He ended up serving eight presidents and had a unique front row seat as political and racial history was being made, from the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement to the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., President John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy Jr.