Like many singers turned actors, newly-minted American Idol judge Mariah Carey’s first forays into drama were spotty affairs at best, disasters at worst, with her roles in Glitter, State Property 2 and Tennessee all received pretty dang tepidly. Lee Daniel’s Precious was the artist’s first part where critics and viewers seemed to think Carey filled her shoes, so it’s not that surprising that she’s agreed to get in front of the camera for the director again.
In Daniels’ upcoming feature The Butler (not an action-packed sequel to The Help, sadly), based on the life of longtime White House Butler Eugene Allen, Carey’s the latest famous person in a celebrity salad that includes Forrest Whitaker, Oprah, Minka Kelly, James Marsden, John Cusack, Robin Williams, Melissa Leo, Alan Rickman, and Jane Fonda. No word yet on who she’s playing, but as pretty much all of the major historical parts have been filled, maybe Carey will play another person in service at the White House, or an angel from heaven who appears to Ronald Reagan at the onset of his Alzheimer’s to uplift him with her perfect voice. Both roles seem pretty likely.