It's never too early to start beating the Oscar drum, is it? The Weinstein Company has released the first trailer for Lee Daniels's "The Butler," a star-studded affair inspired by a true story.

Forest Whitaker stars as Cecil Gaines, the eponymous butler who worked at the White House for over 30 years and under eight different presidents, including Dwight Eisenhower (Robin Williams), JFK (James Marsden), LBJ (Liev Schreiber), Richard Nixon (John Cusack), and Ronald Reagan (Alan Rickman). Oscar-winner Melissa Leo plays Mamie Eisenhower, and fist-pumping liberal Jane Fonda is on board as Nancy Reagan.

As a silent servant, his unique vantage point -- and sworn secrecy -- gave him an insight to the changes afoot in politics and race that we can only imagine. Oprah Winfrey stars as Cecil's wife, and David Oyelowo plays their increasingly radical son Louis.

You know "The Butler" must be something special to get one of the most powerful businesswomen in the world back on screen after 10 years. Winfrey last appeared in "Beloved," Jonathan Demme's adaptation of the incredible novel by Toni Morrison. Of course, there's also the matter of Terrence Howard's rather naughty descriptions of his love scene with Oprah, but the less said about that, the better.

"The Butler" will be in theaters on October 18, just in time for Oscar season.

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