Comedian Robin Williams performs at the USO holiday tour show at Camp Victory, Iraq, Dec 13, 2010. U.S. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and his wife Deborah are hosting the holiday tour featuring Williams along with comedians Lewis Black and Kathleen Madigan Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong and country music artist Kix Brooks, of Brooks and Dunn touring the Central Command area of responsibility. (Photo : United States Army)
Prolific actor Robin Williams has just been cast as President Dwight Eisenhower in the new film "The Butler".
According to the Hollywood Reporter, "The Butler" will tell the story of Eugene Allen, a White House employee who served eight First Families over the course of three decades. The film is scheduled to begin shooting later this month in New Orleans and Williams will join an all-star cast made up by Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Vanessa Redgrave, Terrence Howard, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda and Colman Domingo.
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The script was written by Danny Strong based on Wil Haygood's Washington Post article about Allen. Lee Daniels will produce the film with Hilary Shor, Cassian Elwes and Pam Williams for Laura Zisken Productions.
The news of the role also came with yet another assignment: Williams will also star in Phil Alden Robinson's "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn."
In "The Angriest Man In Brooklyn", Williams will star opposite Mila Kunis, Peter Dinklage, Melissa Leo and James Earl Jones. The film is set to begin filming in Brooklyn, N.Y. in September and tells the story of a stand-in doctor who mistakenly tells an obnoxious patient he has 90 minutes to live. The medic tries desperately to locate the man after her comments sends him on a contrite tour of the city.
Phil Alden Robinson will direct and the script will be written by Daniel Taplitz. Landscape's Bob Cooper and Tyler Mitchell are producing with Daniel J. Walker.
WME and MBST Entertainment represents Robin Williams.