Tony nominee Colman Domingo will play a White House butler in the forthcoming film The Butler, according to Deadline.com. Domingo joins Tony nominee Alan Rickman as Ronald Regan, two-time Tony nominee Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen, Oprah Winfrey as Allen’s wife, Matthew McConaughey as John F. Kennedy and John Cusack as Richard Nixon. The film, directed by Lee Daniels and written by Danny Strong, will begin shooting in New Orleans in July.
Based on Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article, The Butler is the story of Eugene Allen, a White House servant who, over three decades, worked for eight First Families. Although he had already retired, Allen was invited to attend the inauguration of Barack Obama. Domingo will play a butler who works in the Executive Mansion in the film.
Domingo earned a Tony nomination for The Scottsboro Boys. His additional Broadway credits include Passing Strange, Well and Chicago. He has appeared off-Broadway in Blood Knot, A Boy and His Soul, Bright Ideas and Henry V. Domingo's film and TV credits include True Crime, Around the Fire, King of the Bingo Game and Freedomland.