A lot has been happening over the past week for the Jim Field Smith political satire Butter. On Friday, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news Ashley Greene would be starring in the film, which was enough to get our interest churning. Add that to the fact that Jennifer Garner is both producing and playing the leading lady in the film and we're sold.
Before we go on to try to explain to you the exciting slew of new actors that have become attached to the film, let's try to explain the very complicated storyline. "Butter" is a political satire of the 2008 Democratic election, set in a small Iowa town and using a butter-carving competition as the setting.
Jennifer is the leading lady Laura — the Hillary Clinton of this scenario who is poised to win the butter-carving competition. Her husband, played by Ty Burrell, is a term-limited butter carving champ who picks up a stripper mistress along the way. While that is developing, Laura finds her plans to win the competition thwarted by a young African American upstart, played by Yara Shahidi. Ashley is playing one of the other competitors (Kaitlen Pickler), and we take back what we said about this potentially not being Oscar-worthy material. We're throwing our hat in the ring with everyone else who is excited for this film and saying this movie sounds hilarious
Now, on to today's casting news. Movieline got the scoop that Olivia Wilde will be taking the potential Kate Hudson role as a stripper who seduces a butter-carving champion (if only Monica Lewinski had been as hot as Olivia Wilde). They describe her as a tattooed stripper with a Betty Page hairdo. Movieline also cleared up the role Alicia Silverstone is going to be playing: previously it had been announced she was going to be the stripper, but really she is going to be the adoptive mother of Yara's character.
In another exciting development, NY Mag's Vulture heard the news that Hugh Jackman is set to be playing the role of Boyd Bolton, a sleazy car dealer who seduces Laura (Jennifer Garner). This sounds like an episode of "Mad Men" ... with butter.
Here's a fun excerpt of the screenplay that Vulture posted of a scene between Laura and Boyd:
INT. BOLTON FORD - NIGHT
[Boyd sits inside the yellow Mustang thats on display in the showroom. Through the window, we see Lauras Suburban pull away.]
Are you there, God? Its me, Boyd Bolton. Wait, there's probably a lot of Boyd Boltons so, just so you know, I'm the one from Iowa City. I don't think there's any other Boyd Boltons in Iowa City but if there is I'm the one that runs Bolton Ford. Anyway, I just wanted to take this moment to say thank you for sending Laura Pickler to fuck me. I don't know what you guys are doing up there but her pussy is even tighter than it was in high school. Its almost like she hasn't used it in 20 years! Anyways, I just wanted to say thank you. You're so cool, God. [Boyd makes the sign of the cross.] Amen.
What do you think about these new casting developments for "Butter"? Is this a movie you're excited is being made?