Robin Williams to Play Dwight D. Eisenhower in The Butler

Entertainment Jul. 19, 2012 AT 5:00PM
Robin Williams arrives at the BAFTA Britannia Awards on November 30, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Robin Williams arrives at the BAFTA Britannia Awards on November 30, 2011 in Beverly Hills, California. Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty

Positively presidential.

Robin Williams is set to play President Dwight D. Eisenhower in Lee Daniels' upcoming flick, The Butler, Coming Soon reports.

Williams, 60, joins an already star-studded cast, including Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Alan Rickman, John Cusack, Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jane Fonda, David Oyelowo, Alex Pettyfer, Vanessa Redgrave and Minka Kelly. (Rickman is slated to play Ronald Reagan, while Cusack will take on Richard Nixon. Kelly will play Jacqueline Kennedy.)

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General Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1948.
General Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1948.
Credit: Associated Newspapers/Rex/Rex USA

The Butler is based on the real-life story of Eugene Allen (played by Whitaker, who also starred in Good Morning Vietnam alongside Williams). Allen served as a butler in the White House under eight different administrations.

This won't be Williams' first time taking on the role of a former POTUS; in Night at the Museum, the comedian played Rough Rider Theodore Roosevelt.

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