the-butlerRodrigo Leão has taken over scoring duties on the upcoming drama The Butler. The film is directed by Lee Daniels (Precious, The Paperboy) and stars Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, James Marsden, David Oyelowo, Vanessa Redgrave, Alan Rickman, Liev Schreiber and Robin Williams. The movie tells the story of Eugene Allen, a White House employee who served eight First Families over the course of three decades. Danny Strong (Recount) has written the screenplay. Daniels is producing the project with Laura Ziskin (Spider-Man, What About Bob?), Pamela Oas Williams, Cassian Elwes and Buddy Patrick (Ain’t Them Bodies Saint, The Paperboy). Quincy Jones was originally attached to score the movie as reported last year. Rodrigo Leão is best known as part of the Portuguese ensemble Madredeus and previously co-scored Wim Wenders’ Lisbon Story as part of the band. The Butler is set to be relased on August 16, 2013 by the Weinstein Company.

  1. ed says:

    Correct me if i’m wrong, but this movie went through Quincy Jones, Alexandre Desplat – and is currently suffering under it’s own title. Good luck, Rodrigo – will always welcome a new sound. The crazy world of the film industry.

    • Chase says:

      I don’t think Desplat was ever confirmed to be working on this film, I think this might just have been an incorrect IMDb entry.

  2. Justin Boggan says:

    It’s becoming common place for films to go through two composers before the final, now.

    And any movie with Jane Fonda, who stood wit hthe enemy during the Vietnam war, gave some comfort to the enemy, took pictures with them, and told Vietnam vets to get a life (among other things, which you can look up), deserves to fail. In a country that actually cares, Fonda would be struggling to get work, even at K-Mart.

    But, of course, progressives and liberals seem to clump like dingleberry’s in Hollywood. If you research some of the other peope involved, you can find more garbage.

    • All of which has *what* to do with the music, exactly? Fair enough if you’re not interested in the movie, but if I wanted to read political rantings I’d go to the Comment Is Free comment sections (and the blog posts themselves, like as not) over on The Guardian. Have to admit I’d expect better from a man who specialises in rejected scores intel.

    • liberalcuntinyoface says:

      Take you right wing nazi twat political rants elsewhere. Ted nugent fan club could use a twat like you.

  3. Flavio says:


  4. Congratulations Rodrigo! The best portuguese musician/composer! You have been always a very discret man, but the world must have the previlege to know your wonderful music.
    I always say that in America you can have the best and the worst you can find all over the world. You will make part of the best!
    Um xi-coração!

  5. Luis C Costa says:

    The world will be at last witnessing the huge talent of this portuguese musician and composer.
    Congratulations Rodrigo, you truly deserve this!

  6. Ricardo says:

    For me this is one of Rodrigo’s best song: