Tropical storms, eh? Who needs ‘em? Shooting has halted for one week on Lee Daniels’ The Butler as residents on the Gulf Coast prepare for the worst from Tropical Storm Isaac. The crew behind the biopic, about long-time White House butler Eugene Allen (Forest Whitaker), hope to resume shooting again shortly.
The drama happened to be the only motion picture shooting in New Orleans this week, and had been filming since late July with an expected wrap date of September 7. That was until production had to be shut down on Monday for the entire week so cast and crew could locate to drier climates, according to MovieWeb.
Whitaker is leading an all-star cast as Allen, who served as the White House butler for over 35 years, a tenure that spanned eight different U.S. Presidents, from Dwight D. Eisenhower (we reported back in July that Robin Williams will be playing him) to Ronald Reagan.
While Matthew McConaughey recently dropped off the production as President John F. Kennedy, the impressive line-up still includes John Cusack as Richard Nixon, Liam Neeson as Lyndon B. Johnson, and Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan, with Jane Fonda playing Nancy Reagan. But it doesn’t stop there, the list goes on with Alex Pettyfer, Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Minka Kelly, Cuba Gooding Jr., Lenny Kravitz and Terrence Howard.
Tropical Storm Isaac was downgraded from a hurricane, and seems to be gradually losing steam but still bringing heavy rains and floods to southern US states. It’s expected to lose its tropical storm status later today, on its way towards Arkansas and Missouri. It’s safe to say the center of the storm has now passed New Orleans, only seven years after the devastating and much stronger Hurricane Katrina.
The Butler comes to theaters in 2013.
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