First Look: Mariah Carey Will Portray A Field Slave Named Hattie Pearl In ‘The Butler’


We’re pretty used to seeing divalicious Mariah Carey all dolled up and glam as can be but in the upcoming new Lee Daniels directed film The Butler, she plays a character as far away from her real life persona as possible. Mariah will be featured in the film as a field slave named Hattie Pearl and you can get your first look at MC in character below. I’ve been minorly aware of The Butler due to the fact that Oprah Winfrey being cast as the female lead but it wasn’t until I saw the movie trailer that I really took notice of this film. Click below to see Mariah’s promo photo and check out the trailer for yourselves. I think you’ll agree that The Butler looks like a powerful film that will likely garner a lot of attention come awards season.

It’s pretty common knowledge that Mariah Carey’s acting resumé isn’t the the most successful one in Hollywood. After her film Glitter failed flopped miserably at the box office (and eventually became a laughing stock), she stayed away from acting for many years. Director Lee Daniels gave Mimi a cameo in his film Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, which turned out well, and it looks like he was happy to give Mimi another role in his new film. Based on the trailer, it would appear that Mimi’s role in The Butler will be a minor one because the film tells the sweeping life story of one incredible man. Here is the first trailer for The Butler, see what you think:

I seriously got chills from watching this trailer. Forrest Whittaker is an impressive actor so I have no doubt that he will shine in this lead role. I’m also a pretty big fan of Oprah Winfrey as an actress. Her performance in The Women of Brewster Place still resonates with me all these years later. I’m really impressed with everything I’ve seen from The Butler thus far. It remains to be seen if the Hollywood Powers That Be will be as impressed with The Butler when awards season rolls around but judging from this early look at the film, I predict big things ahead. This film looks good, doesn’t it? I’m really looking forward to seeing more.


  • Becca

    Hahaha! You’re killing me dude! Loving the Angel PTB reference out of nowhere! =D
    Us Buffy/Angelversers are damaged on a profound level… ;)

  • Halli

    This looks like it’s gonna be great. I love Forrest Whittaker and the whole cast looks great

  • DvrDiva

    The film looks amazing! I cried watching the trailer. The trailer!! I can’t wait to see it. I was a wee bit worried, all I had seen was a still from the film showing Oprah smoking and giving major stink side-eye to Terence Howard on a couch. I didn’t know what it was about. It looks awesome!

  • Reagan

    You know the movie includes a sex scene with Oprah and Terence Howard right?

    • @Reagan — UM ….. O_O

  • Ben@PR

    The trailer gave me chills!!! So many great actors!!!

  • RonRontb22

    Finally! As an actor these are the type of films I yearn for! Can’t wait to see.

  • Tom

    The movie looks incredible. Can’t wait to see it!

    However, I can not be the only one who gets the giggles at Mariah Carey doing hard, manual work. She’d simply go ‘Dahling, this is unacceptable’ and then have some tea and crumpets with the plantation boss’ wife…

    • MJ

      LMAO! I totally saw that play out in my head.. #POW

  • Matthew

    Is it accurate to cast someone as light skinned as Mariah as a field slave? Even though she is mixed with black, I imagine it would have been highly controversial to the other slaves as well as white folks visiting the plantation, to see a woman who could “pass for white” picking cotton. It’s more likely that she would have been a house slave I think. In any case, I’m sure it will be explained in the plot. I am very much looking forward to seeing this film.

  • Alecia

    I was thinking the same thing Matthew because if she didn’t “pass” she would more likely be a house slave because of her skin tone, but like you said it probably will be explained in the film.
    The cast alone is astounding and the fact that this is not a sequel, prequel, or remake is exciting so hopefully I will see this in the theater to give full support to Lee Daniels.

  • Jay

    Mariah didn’t have a “cameo” in “Precious.” She had an important supporting role. She was in several scenes, and she won the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s Breakthrough Performance Award for her work. She was also nominated for a Black Reel and NAACP Image Award for Best Supporting Actress.

    It doesn’t look like her role in “The Butler” will be as large, but Mariah isn’t a bad actress when she has good direction, and Lee Daniels is a great director.