First Look: Mariah Carey in The Butler

Mimi transforms for role in the White House drama.

Posted: 06/17/2013 09:00 AM EDT
Mariah Carey, The Butler

(Photo: The Weinstein Company)

Mariah Carey has reunited with her Precious director Lee Daniels for a part in his upcoming sweeping epic, The Butler. Now, a first look at Carey, dressed down in character, has leaked.

Carey plays the mother of protagonist Cecil Gaines, a White House butler who served through eight administrations. Though she only appears in the opening shot of the film, the scene is reportedly very memorable. Carey's portrayal of a field slave in the image has already sparked controversy among fans on social media, many of whom question whether a light-skinned woman like Carey would ever have been kept as a field slave.

This marks the second time Carey has worked with Daniels, who directed her in Precious. "She's a diva, but a lovable one," Daniels said of Carey to Page Six. "She's a lady and fun. She doesn't take her diva role seriously."

The Butler opens on August 16.

Get ready for the BET Experience, featuring Beyoncé, Snoop DoggR. Kelly,  Erykah BaduKendrick Lamar and many more. Go here for more details and info on how to buy tickets.

Sign up now to attend free film screenings, celebrity basketball games and more.

BET.com is your #1 source for Black celebrity news, photos, exclusive videos and all the latest in the world of hip hop and R&B music.

(Photo: The Weinstein Company)

Videos You May Like

Related Topics

From Our Partners