Oprah Winfrey back in film with ‘The Butler’

Oprah Winfrey makes a film comeback in historical drama 'The Butler'

BACK TO ACTING. Oprah stars in 'The Butler' alongside Forest Whitaker. Photo from the Oprah Winfrey Facebook page

MANILA, Philippines – Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is set to make a film comeback in the historical drama “The Butler,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Butler” is a film inspired by Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article, a narrative piece on the life of long-time White House butler Eugene Allen, who served 8 presidents in over 3 decades.

Forest Whitaker takes on the major role of butler Cecil Gaines, while Winfrey plays his proud and protective wife Gloria Gaines.

The film marks Winfrey’s first motion picture performance since the 1998 thriller “Beloved” where she played a mother troubled by supernatural forces.

“The Butler,” which is peddled as a possible Oscar contender, will also feature a powerhouse cast including Robin Williams, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, James Marsden, and Minka Kelly, among others.

It is set for release in October 2013.

Watch the trailer here:

– Rappler.com