Lee Daniels pic stars Oprah, Liam Neeson, John Cusack
Brit thesp Aml Ameen has joined the cast of Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” as the young version of the title character.“The Butler” is based on the life of Eugene Allen, a White House servant who worked for eight First Families. Ameen will play “Young Cecil,” a starving boy who escapes the deep South and along the way is taken in and “polished” by the manager of a hotel restaurant. Forrest Whitaker will portray the butler in the White House. The ensemble drama also stars Oprah Winfrey, David Oyelowo, Liam Neeson, John Cusack, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda and Robin Williams with production starting later this month in New Orleans. James Marsden has been added to the cast as John F. Kennedy. Danny Strong wrote the script with Daniels, based on Wil Haygood’s Washington Post article about Allen. Daniels will produce with Hilary Shor, Cassian Elwes and Pam Williams of Laura Ziskin Prods. Ameen was last seen as a series regular on NBC’s “Harry’s Law” and also appeared in the George Lucas feature “Red Tails.” He is repped by Sanders/Armstrong/Caserta Management, Paradigm, and Independent Talent.