If you’ve been wondering what David Banner has been up to lately, other than making beats for Estelle, Lil Wayne, Ludacris and Ne-Yo, you’ll be happy to know that the Mississippi born rapper/songwriter has just been tapped to co-star alongside Oprah Winfrey, Robin Williams, Terrance Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, Jane Fonda and more in the highly anticipated film “The Butler”, currently in production in New Orleans.
The film tells the true story of Eugene Allen, (played by Forrest Whitaker) a butler who served at the White House from 1952 to 1986 serving under eight First Families. Banner will portray Earl Gains, Allan’s father, and will appear alongside Mariah Carey who will play his wife. Banner’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’ is said to be very enamored with Banner’s acting chops calling his performance “absolutely exquisite.”
“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,” states 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.”
You can also see Banner on the big screen this winter in “7500″ and “They Die By Dawn” as well as projects coming alive for Disney.