Mississippi rapper/producer David Banner has been tapped to co-star in the upcoming Lee Daniels film,The Butler, which is currently in production in New Orleans. Banner joins a cast that includes Forrest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Terrance Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda and more. It tells the true story of Eugene Allen (played by Forrest Whitaker), a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986 under eight First Families. Banner will portray Earl Gains, Allen’s father, and will appear alongside Mariah Carey who will play his wife. The rapper’s role is a pivotal one as it sets the tone of the movie and foreshadows how Eugene navigates life through his tenure in the White House.Daniels called Banner’s performance “absolutely exquisite.”
“I’m really excited to be a part of this movie,” Banner says of his involvement. “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. This movie reminds us of what our ancestors have endured for us to have certain liberties which we have today. This movie is groundbreaking.”While expanding his acting resume, he continues to produce music for the likes of Lil Wayne, Ludacris, and Ne-Yo, among others.This holiday season, Banner will make other big screen appearances in the films 7500, and They Die By Dawn.