David Banner has been tapped to star in director Lee Daniels’ upcomign film The Butler.

The film, which is currently in production in New Orleans, Louisiana,  also stars Forrest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Terrance Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda and more. It tells the real-life story of Eugene Allen (Whitaker) a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986 under eight First Families.

Banner, who will appear in the upcoming films 7500 and They Die By Dawn, will play the role of Allan’s father Earl Gains opposite Mariah Carey, who will star as his wife.

“I’m really excited to be a part of this movie. The cast is absolutely astonishing and working with Mariah has been great. Lee Daniels is so amazing to work with and I thank him for choosing me for this role,” said Banner. “This movie reminds us of what our ancestors have endured for us to have certain liberties which we have today. This movie is groundbreaking.”

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