‘The Butler’ is Coming Back to Theaters

by | December 5, 2013 at 12:23 PM | Academy Awards, Black Entertainment

Oprah Winfrey as Gloria Gaines, left, and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in a scene from "Lee Daniels' The Butler." (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Anne Marie Fox, File)

By The Grio (Article originally published on theGrio.com)

Riding a wave of Oscar buzz and big earnings at the box office, Lee Daniels’ acclaimed film “The Butler” will be return to theaters Dec. 6 for a limited run.

The film stars Forest Whitaker as a White House service-worker named Cecil Gaines who witnesses history alongside presidents like Eisenhower, Kennedy, Nixon and Reagan. His performance in the film, and Oprah Winfrey’s supporting turn as his wife, are earning serious consideration for the Academy Awards.

The movie is loosely based on the life of real-life White House butler Eugene Allen and in addition to Winfrey and Whitaker boasts an all-star cast which includes Terrence Howard, Jane Fonda, John Cusack, Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr.

The Weinstein Company is presumably re-releasing the film to capitalize on the awards season hype but it hardly needs the money

“The Butler” earned over $115 million during its initial run in theaters.

Watch Forest Whitaker talk about his “The Butler” character Cecil Gaines