In preparation for the release of the their new film The Butler, Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, and David Oyelowo have joined forces with Simon & Schuster Audio to release an audiobook companion to the critically acclaimed film they star in.
Academy Award-winner Forest Whitaker narrates the story of Eugene Allen, a butler who served no less than seven presidents, from Harry Truman to Ronald Reagan. Allen was witness to history during his years at the White House, serving tea and supervising buffets as influential decisions about the moon landing, Vietnam War, Civil Rights legislation, and more took place around him.
Also included in the release of the audiobook, author Wil Haygood’s exploration of the history of black images on celluloid and in Hollywood, read by Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo.
“We’re absolutely thrilled to have these incredible actors lend their voices to The Butler,” says Chris Lynch, President & Publisher of Simon & Schuster Audio. “It’s a very rare occasion indeed when you have such extraordinary talent in one audiobook production.”
The Butler premieres everywhere August 16th and the audiobook is released July 30th.