Oprah Winfrey is considering a return to the big screen.
The talk show superstar and longtime producer is mulling over an offer to work with "Precious" director Lee Daniels as part of the cast of the true-life historical drama, "The Butler," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"The Butler" tells the story of Eugene Allen, a black man who started at the White House as a "pantry man" in 1952. He ended up serving eight presidents from 1952 to 1986, having a unique front-row seat as political and racial history was made, from the Vietnam War and the civil rights movement to the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy and Robert Kennedy.
The film is based on "A Butler Well Served by This Election," which was published in the Washington Post shortly after the election of President Obama on Nov. 7, 2008.
Winfrey, who served as an executive producer on director Lee Daniels' 2009 film, "Precious" (which was based on the much-discussed Oprah's Book Club novel "Push" by Sapphire), would be playing the role of Daniels' wife. If she does end up joining the cast, "The Butler" would mark her first on-screen appearance in a feature film (not playing herself, that is) since Jonathan Demme's "Beloved" in 1998.
Daniels has apparently also approached Mila Kunis to play Jackie Kennedy and John Cusack to play Richard Nixon. She's also interested in Hugh Jackman for an unspecified role and is eyeing David Oyelowo, who recently appeared in "Red Tails" and co-stars with Cusack in Daniels' upcoming thriller "The Paperboy," for the title role.
Well, if Oprah Winfrey is looking to make a triumphant return to on-screen acting, this sounds like the project with which to do it! The Oscar-nominated "The Color Purple" star hasn't been completely absent from movies all these years, though, as she recently provided character voices to "The Princess and the Frog," "Bee Movie" and "Charlotte's Web."
Financing for "The Butler" is still being worked out and no deals have been made, so stay tuned for more official news in the weeks to come.