Oprah on the set of 'The Butler'



Oprah Winfrey hasn't taken it easy for her first lead major screen appearance since 1998's The Beloved.

The chat show host has landed a leading role in Lee Daniel's eagerly awaited epic The Butler, playing a woman who ages from 22 to 90 years old throughout the movie.

It's not clear whether another actress will play the character in her younger year or Daniel will use special effects, but the 59-year-old will certainly play her as an aging lady.

The iconic TV star was seen being transformed into a glitzed up grandmother for the part of Gloria Gaines, the wife of White House butler Cecil - played by Forest Whitaker.







Winfrey let her fans know of the gruelling process required for the part in July, tweeting them as make up artists applied a silicone cast of her face for the role.

She wrote: 'Feeling a little claustrophobic in here.'

Winfrey added: 'Fun day. Makeup artists doing a silicon cast for my face for new movie The Butler.'

The character is no prim and proper wife, and has been described as sassy but vulnerable.

The film is based on the true life story of a butler who served eight different U.S. presidents from 1952 to 1986, including Dwight Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

The film by Precious director Daniels boasts an all-star cast, including John Cusack as Nixon, Robin Williams as Eisenhower, Rickman as Ronald Reagan and James Marsden and Minka Kelly as John and Jackie Kennedy.

Daniels has also recruited his Precious actors Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz for the movie.





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